UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage declared that he was “not a Donald Trump supporter” on LBC’s Phone Farage radio programme this morning, but said that the Republican candidate has “certainly got a conversation going” about immigration and border control in the United States.
At the end of a phone-in session, Mr Farage was asked about the United States’ involvement in taking refugees from countries like Iraq and Syria, and how Saudi Arabia should be responding to the crisis.
He replied: “I get the USA question because they were the main drivers of course behind the Iraq war and they cheered on Sarkozy and Cameron over the ousting of Gaddafi [in Libya]”
“Suddenly border controls have flared up in Aemrica as party of a huge national debate.
“Donald Trump may have offended many but he’s certainly got a conversation going about wha’ts happening with the Mexican border.”
Host Nick Ferrari jumped in: “You don’t agree with building a wlal the lengrh of the border, do you?”
“It’s a hell of a construction project,” Farage responded, before being pressed further as to whether or not he supported Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall across the pourous border between the United States and Mexico, where illegal immigrants and criminal gangs enjoy a lot of freedom to operate.
“It looks pretty impractical,” he said, before clarifying, “I’m not a Donald Trump supporter.”
The news comes after the U.S. billionaire signed a pledge not to run against the Republican Party in the upcoming Presidential election, if he is not selected as the party’s candidate.
Speaking in Washington, D.C. in July, Mr Farage said of Trump: “I will avoid all comparisons with Donald Trump, but I like to think of myself as an update Henry VIII.”
He added: “I do think some of the things he’s picked up on in the last few weeks are very similar to the kind of things we’ve picked up on in British politics – the feeling that there is a centralised bureaucracy in Washington, maybe not connecting with some of the concerns of ordinary people.”