Bannon: Boris is my choice to be next prime minister

PUBLISHED: 11:53 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:33 23 June 2019

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Former White House chief strategist and alt-right figure Steve Bannon has claimed that Nigel Farage has more influence than Theresa May with President Trump and that he considers Boris Johnson a "role model".

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Bannon, who was once a key player in Donald Trump's cabinet, said that Theresa May is "not terribly sophisticated" and had ignored the president's advice on Brexit.

"She came over - Trump sat there and said 'Listen - number one - overshoot the target on your deal because it will come apart.

"'Number two get on with it - you ought to be on terms agreed within six months, and number three use every arrow in your quiver even if you have to do litigation later'.

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"She laughed it off - to be brutally frank about it she's not terribly sophisticated. I don't think she understood the complexities she was going into."

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Bannon instead insisted that Nigel Farage had more influence regarding Brexit than the British prime minister.

He also believes that Boris Johnson "would make a good prime minister."

"I think Boris Johnson is a guy with big ideas. I think he's the new recreated Boris Johnson who's lost 30 pounds - he's got a new haircut, he's a role model - the way he's lost so much weight... very inspiring."

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