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Trump invites anti-immigrant campaigner Nigel Farage on campaign trail

Farage reportedly acquired a 'national interest' exemption to travel to the US [Getty]

Date of publication: 29 October, 2020

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The US president invited the Brexit Party founder on to the stage at a campaign rally in Arizona despite Covid-19 restrictions against the entry of British nationals.
President Donald Trump enlisted the aid of a right-wing populist British politician on the campaign trail as he seeks support for his re-election bid.

Introducing him as "one of the most powerful men in Europe", Trump invited Nigel Farage on to the stage at a campaign rally held in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday.

"He's a very non-controversial person too, right?" the president joked with a cheering audience.

"He's very shy," Trump added, gesturing towards the founder of the United Kingdom's Brexit Party.

Farage responded: "Oh, I'm very non-controversial and shy - compared to you."

Lambasting the "media and pollsters", Farage hit back at opponents of Trump who he said had spent four years trying to "delegitamise" the president with the "Russia hoax" and a "false impeachment" scandal.

"Most human beings, under that barrage, would have given up," the former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader said.

"This is the single most resilient and bravest person I have ever met in my life," Farage gestured towards Trump to resounding cheers from the audience.

The right-wing populist - who has recently campaigned against migration into the UK - encouraged attendees to cast their vote for Trump, who he hailed as having brought "Israel together with Arab nations in a way that nobody ever believed was possible".

The normalisation deals between the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan with Israel have been slammed for ignoring the occupation of Palestinian territories.

The UK politician-turned-campaigner was reportedly given a "national interest" exemption to travel restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

British nationals who have been within the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China are currently barred from entering the US.

Arizona is a key battleground state in Tuesday's stand-off between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.



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