Nigel Farage and Donald Trump discuss "freedom and winning" at New York meeting

The outgoing UKIP leader met the US President-elect at Trump Tower

Nigel Farage and Donald Trump discuss "freedom and winning" at New York meeting

Image: Nigel Farage via Twitter

Nigel Farage has become one of the first international politicians to meet President-elect Donald Trump since his victory.

The one-on-one meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York.

UKIP confirmed the pair talked about "freedom and winning", as did Mr Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. She added: "They really enjoy each other's company."

After the meeting Mr Farage tweeted that it had been "a great honour" to spend time with Mr Trump, adding: "He was relaxed and full of good ideas. I'm confident he will be a good President.

"(His) support for the US-UK relationship is very strong. This is a man with whom we can do business."

UKIP's biggest donor Arron Banks and party adviser Raheem Kassam, who recently pulled out of the race to become the next UKIP leader, were both pictured at the meeting with Mr Trump.

Earlier, Mr Farage told American TV that Theresa May had to "mend fences" when she finally met Mr Trump.

He claimed the Prime Minister's team had been "quite rude" about the President-elect.

His own visit to New York comes as thousands again hit the streets across America in protest to the Republican's victory - including a 2,000-strong brigade heading to Mr Trump's Manhattan landmark.

On Friday night a Trump protester was shot after a confrontation in Portland, Oregon. His injuries were not life threatening.

Mr Farage believes the UK could benefit from Mr Trump taking the White House as the billionaire is "an Anglophile".

"He understands and recognises what our two great nations have done together between us. And thank goodness we're coming to the end of an American president who loathed us," Mr Farage told Fox News.

Wearing a badge showing US and UK flags, Mr Farage told Fox the two countries should follow the example of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

He said they had shrugged off criticism and their policies "made the world a better place".

But he cautioned that getting back to the famous relationship of the 1980s would need careful diplomacy when Prime Minister Theresa May gets to meet Mr Trump.

"Mrs May's team have been quite rude about Trump so there are some fences to be mended," said Mr Farage.

However, he said it would not be right for the President-elect to snub Mrs May.

"I think he's got to meet her... We can have a sensible trade relationship, cut tariffs, we're massive investors in each other's countries. There's a bright future."

"It could be quite pernicious"

Earlier this week Mr Farage told a radio show that Mr Trump should "schmooze" Mrs May but "don't touch her for goodness sake".

During the election campaign Mr Farage shared a stage with the President-elect and addressed his supporters.

The tycoon regularly referred to Brexit as source of inspiration and said Mr Farage had "done an amazing thing".

The UKIP figurehead never explicitly endorsed Mr Trump but commented that he "wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me".

He has said he would like to be Mr Trump's special adviser to Europe, but acknowledged: "It's probably not going to happen."

His latest comments come as Mr Trump appeared to pull back on his election pledge to repeal Obamacare.

Meanwhile, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson is to snub a hastily arranged meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss Donald Trump.

Mr Johnson has already called for an end to the collective "whinge-o-rama" about the billionaire's election.

His decision to miss Sunday's meeting highlights a gulf between Europe and the UK on how to respond to the Republican taking the White House. 

German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner, Axel Schafer, warned Theresa May was "delusional" if she believed the incoming administration would give the UK a good trade deal.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has struck a tough tone on Mr Trump.

He said: "I think that we'll waste time for two years while Mr Trump tours a world that he is completely unaware of.

"We have to teach the new president of the USA what Europe is, and how it works. The trans-Atlantic alliance, and the NATO alliance, is called into question, so it could be quite pernicious.

"With regards to refugees and other non-Americans, Trump has an approach which in no way coincides with the approach in Europe."