A gleeful Nigel Farage gatecrashed a dinner with Donald Trump and key members of the President’s inner circle after impressing them with a speech last week.
The former UKIP leader was spotted sitting with Trump, his daughter Ivanka and her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC last night.
It is understood Farage was ‘squeezed in at the last second’ for the meal last night after his barnstorming speech at the US Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.
The fact that Farage joined the group of Trump’s confidantes shows just how close he has become with the President since backing him during his election campaign.
Farage tweeted a picture of himself grinning as he sat at the table, alongside the caption: ‘Dinner with The Donald’.
Nigel Farage tweeted this picture of himself gleefully enjoying dinner with Donald Trump
Farage joined Trump for dinner with his daughter Ivanka and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner,and Florida Governor Rick Scott on Saturday evening
Benny Johnson, creative director of the Independent Journal Review, tweeted that Farage wasn’t invited to Trump’s dinner, but squeezed in ‘at the last second’
Others at the hotel posted pictures with a happy looking Mr Farage after his meal with Trump
The meal came after Donald Trump announced he would not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in an apparent snub to the media he has repeatedly railed against in recent weeks.
A photo of the group, which also included Florida Governor Rick Scott, was tweeted by Benny Johnson, director at the Independent Journal Review.
In his speech on Friday, Mr Farage told a jubilant crowd at the conferences that the Brexit vote and Trump’s election had launched a ‘great global revolution’.
‘2016, we did it!’ boomed the former head of Britain’s UK Independence Party. We witnessed the beginning of a global political revolution.
‘And it’s one that is not going to stop, it’s one that is going to roll out across the rest of the great world.’
Farage told audience member at the conference that he’s proud of having supported Trump in the election.
Mr Farage told the crowd on Friday that ‘2016 is the beginning of a great global revolution’
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has set in motion a movement that will sweep the world, Nigel Farage has told an influential meeting of American conservatives
Since then, Farage has ingratiated himself with Trump, who suggested the UK make ambassador to the US.
Farage also blasted US mainstream media for being ‘in deep denial’ about Trump’s victory, but said Americans as a whole will grow to appreciate the new president.
‘Just as Brexit becomes more popular by the day, President Trump will become more popular in America by the day,’ he said.
Johnson asked Trump Saturday evening if he’ll be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, to which the president replied: ‘No. Do you like that?’
Trump was cheered for his decision to forego tradition and skip the annual event on April 29.
He will be the first president not to attend in 36 years – in 1981 Ronald Reagan was recovering after being shot.
The annual dinner has only been cancelled or downsized before due to death or other major global events.
President Trump told Johnson in this video, taken on Saturday evening, that he’ll not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 29
Trump was cheered for his decision to forego tradition and skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Here the president leaves after a Saturday evening dinner at Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC
The president left the White House at mid-evening Saturday, his limousine covering the short distance to the luxury hotel bearing his name, the Trump International Hotel
His announcement comes amid growing tensions between his administration and media outlets.
Trump attended the dinner in 2011 with his wife Melania where he was repeatedly mocked by then-president Barack Obama.
He skipped the dinner in 2016 during the presidential campaign where Obama again took aim at the then-candidate, saying: ‘I’m a little hurt that he’s not here tonight. It’s surprising. You got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says no.’
The White House Correspondents’ Association is an organization of journalists whose job it is to cover the acting president.
Trump will be the first president not to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 36 years – in 1981 Ronald Reagan was recovering after being shot
Trump’s announcement that he won’t be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner comes amid growing tensions between his administration and media outlets
Multiple major news networks such as CNN, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair had already announced that they were thinking about not attending the annual dinner.
It comes as Trump has quickly made himself known as an ‘anti-press’ president, having criticized many major news networks as being ‘fake news’.
Trump’s 35-year-old daughter Ivanka, on the other hand, has been a media darling.
As rumors continue to swirl that she and her husband are influencing Trump’s legislation, the couple were all smiles Saturday afternoon as they left their Washington, DC, home with their three children.
Ivanka wore a white button-down shirt, black leggings and white sneakers as she stood on the sidewalk with Jared and their children, Arabella, Joseph and Theodore outside their $5.5million home in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Jared looked relaxed in a long-sleeve shirt, jeans and a baseball cap before donning a suit and tie for the evening dinner with the president and other political leaders at Trump International Hotel.
The New York Times called the husband-wife duo ‘the two most influential social liberals in President Trump’s inner circle’.
Ivanka wears a white button-down shirt, black leggings and white sneakers as she stands on the sidewalk with Jared and their children, Arabella, Joseph and Theodore outside their $5.5million home in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood
Rumors continue to swirl that Ivanka and Jared (left) are influencing President Donald Trump’s legislation. Here a member of the US Secret Service walks beside Jared outside the White House senior adviser’s home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC on Saturday
Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, enjoy dinner alongside her dad, British politician Nigel Farage and Florida Governor Rick Scott on Saturday. While Kushner, 36, is Trump’s senior White House adviser, Ivanka doesn’t hold an official role in her father’s presidential cabinet
While Kushner, 36, is Trump’s senior White House adviser, Ivanka doesn’t hold an official role in her father’s presidential cabinet.
She has, however, been an unofficial moderator for the president and has appeared at various meetings alongside her dad.
Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about Ivanka’s role if any, that she has within the administration.
Spicer said: ‘I think her role is to be helpful and provide input on a variety of areas that she has deep, passionate concerns about, especially in the area of women in the workforce and empowering women.
‘She is someone who has a lot of expertise and wants to offer that, especially in the area of trying to help women.’