Trump's Thumbs Up for Farage Not Worth 'Losing Sleep Over' – Ex-UK Ambassador

© REUTERS / Vincent Kessler Nigel Farage, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) member and MEP, waits for the start of a debate on the last European Summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 26, 2016.
Nigel Farage, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) member and MEP, waits for the start of a debate on the last European Summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 26, 2016. - Sputnik International
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News that interim UKIP leader Nigel Farage could fill the boots of the British Ambassador to the United States after President-elect Trump personally tweeted that he would do a "great job" has dominated the mainstream media in Britain.

​So much so, that the UK's foreign secretary Boris Johnson also found time to bat back the possibility that Mr. Farage might take up the post as he fielded questions in the House of Commons, ruling out the prospect because there was "no vacancy."

'Shoots From the Hip'

​As for advice from on former ambassador for the British government, Sir Oliver Miles, told Sputnik, "I'd be very surprised if anyone took it seriously." The former Libyan ambassador suggested the US President-elect Donald Trump, "Shoots from the hip."

© AP Photo / Gerald HerbertDonald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, left, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.
Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, left, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. - Sputnik International
Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage, left, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

"We are talking about a man who is not yet in office [Donald Trump]. He obviously shoots from the hip, it's perfectly obvious. He tweets without consulting any experts or advisers. I don't think one should take it too seriously."

"If I was a British ambassador in Washington, I don't think I'd be losing any sleep over it."

Sir Oliver continues to suggest that Mr. Trump had failed to grasp the professional role of an ambassador. "It shows that Donald Trump doesn't really understand what ambassadors do," Sir Oliver told Sputnik.

"One of the main tasks it to provide a reliable and confidential channel of communication between two governments and Farage is not the man to do that," Sir Oliver said.

"I think Farage is just as likely to become American ambassador to Britain."

And while the mainstream media in Britain became dominated by Donald Trump's Tweets about Nigel Farage, it was down to the 'Twittersphere' to respond:

​Meanwhile, a petition to "stop giving Nigel Farage air time on television, in the press or the Internet" has started online, so far gathering 6,700 supporters.

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