Everything you need to know about Donald Trump and Nigel Farage's special relationship


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The world has been swept up in the bromance between Joe Biden and Barack Obama, but are Donald Trump and Nigel Farage giving them a run for their money?

Okay, maybe Farage and Trump won't be making each other friendship bracelets any time soon but their growing closeness certainly shows no sign of slowing down.

With Trump recommending Farage to be the UK ambassador to the US, here's everything you need to know about the cross-Atlantic relationship.

How did the leader of Ukip, a party which has just one MP in the Commons, become a key player in the future of US-UK relations?

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Trump welcomes Farage at a rally in Mississippi (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Trump was greatly inspired by the UK's vote leave campaign for the recent EU referendum and saw a kindred spirit in Farage, who similarly employs populist, anti-establishment, anti-immigration rhetoric to rock the boat.

The bond was strengthened when Trump dubbed himself "Mr Brexit" and Farage flew over to Mississippi to address a rally for the Republican candidate.

Following Trump's victory in the electoral race, Farage became the first British politician to meet the new president-elect.

How close are the ties between the Trump and Farage camps?

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Farage and Raheem Kassam (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The Breitbart news website provides a transatlantic link between the two men. The strident right-wing website's executive chairman was Steve Bannon, who played a leading role in the Trump campaign and has been named as the president-elect's chief strategist.

The website's British counterpart is edited by Raheem Kassam, a former aide to Farage who was briefly a candidate in Ukip's latest leadership contest. Kassam was part of the group - styling themselves as the Brex Pistols - who accompanied Farage on the visit to Trump Tower.

What has Number 10 had to say about Trump's suggestion?

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Farage has accused Number 10 of putting its dislike for him ahead of the national interest (Stefan Roussean/PA)

A spokesman stressed that "there is no vacancy" in Washington because "we already have an excellent ambassador to the US". Downing Street stressed that "as a basic principle, we appoint our ambassadors".

So who is the "excellent ambassador"?

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Sir Kim Darroch (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Veteran diplomat Sir Kim Darroch took up the Washington post in January. Before that, he served as David Cameron's national security adviser from 2012 to 2015 and his former roles include being the UK's permanent representative to the European Union.

Traditionally, ambassadors to Washington remain in post for four years, but it is not uncommon for them to serve more than one term. Farage has dismissed Darroch as an "arch-europhile".

What does Darroch think of Trump?

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It is suggested that Darroch thinks he can influence the president-elect (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

A leaked memo suggested Darroch believed British influence could shape Trump's thinking. The document, obtained by the Sunday Times, was reportedly written by Darroch in the immediate aftermath of Trump's election win.

It said Trump was "above all an outsider and unknown quantity, whose campaign pronouncements may reveal his instincts, but will surely evolve and, particularly, be open to outside influence if pitched right".

Darroch added: "Having, we believe, built better relationships with his team than have the rest of Washington diplomatic corps, we should be well placed to do this."