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Nigel Farage takes a swipe at Sir Kim Darroch

It’s not been a great week for Sir Kim Darroch. On Monday, he suffered the embarrassment of having the president-elect call for Nigel Farage to take his job. Now the interim Ukip leader has stuck the knife in further, giving an interview to Sam Delaney on Russia Today — natch — about the current UK ambassador to the US.

Asked about his apparent job rival, Farage said he was unimpressed with Darroch when the pair previously met:

‘He once came to my office in Brussels and it was one of the most unpleasant conversations I’ve ever had.’

He also criticises Sir Kim’s pro-EU credentials for dealing with the Trump administration:

‘He is a Europhile. He is committed to a view of the world that just got smashed to smithereens in 2016. How can he deal with a Trump administration who are diametrically opposed to him?’

He’s also belittled Trump hasn’t he, by saying he thinks Trump could be malleable, he doesn’t really understand what’s going on in world affairs.’

Mr S suspects that with Trump’s close friend Farage actively against him, Darroch has a very difficult task ahead indeed.

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