MPs mock Trump for ‘diplo­mat Farage’ tip

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MPs have mocked Don­ald Trump’s sug­ges­tion that Nigel Farage should be the UK’s am­bas­sador to the United States – and hit back by sug­gest­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton should be Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat in Lon­don.

In a highly un­usual in­ter­ven­tion, the Pres­i­dent-elect said in a tweet “many peo­ple would like to see @ Nigel_Farage rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain as their am­bas­sador to the United States. He would do a great job!”

Con­ser­va­tive MP Sir Si­mon Burns – who is a big sup­porter of Mrs Clin­ton – poked fun at the ty­coon’s “ex­tremely gen­er­ous” ad­vice.

Speak­ing in For­eign Of­fice ques­tions in the Com­mons, he said: “Although there is no va­cancy, would the For­eign Sec­re­tary think this is ex­tremely gen­er­ous of Don­ald Trump to sug­gest who should be our am­bas­sador in the United States?

“And in that mea­sure of fra­ter­nity, might he sug­gest that the best per­son to fill the va­cancy of the am­bas­sador to the United King­dom next year would be Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton?”

For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son slapped down any sug­ges­tion that the con­tro­ver­sial UKIP leader could be con­sid­ered for the top job, and praised Bri­tain’s in­cum­bent am­bas­sador, Sir Kim Dar­roch.

He told Com­mons: “The House knows full well, we have a first rate am­bas­sador in Wash­ing­ton.”

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