Bannon: Farage is more influential to Trump than 'unsophisticated' May

PUBLISHED: 11:53 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:42 18 March 2019

Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Donald Trump welcomes Nigel Farage to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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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".

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’.

“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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