Trump Interviews Brexit Supporter as U.S. Envoy to EU, Mail Says

  • Professor Ted Malloch discussed ambassador to EU role: paper
  • Academic was recommended for job by Britain’s Farage: report

A professor who backed the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union was interviewed for the job to become President-elect Donald Trump’s ambassador to the bloc, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Ted Malloch was recommended for the position by Nigel Farage, a political rival to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and discussed the job with Trump’s team, according to the newspaper, citing an interview with the professor. Malloch didn’t immediately respond to a voicemail and e-mail on Sunday.

May plans to travel to Washington in the spring as she seeks to expand trade with the U.S. after Brexit in June and improve links with Trump. She was outflanked by Farage, the former U.K. Independence Party leader, who met with the president-elect within days of his victory in November. She was then forced to reject Trump’s controversial suggestion that Farage should be made U.K. ambassador in Washington.

Malloch said he believes Britain will move to the front of the pack for a trade deal with the U.S., according to the report on Sunday. The Mail didn’t specify where he teaches or where he works.

While President Barack Obama said Britain would be “at the back of the queue” to secure a trade deal with the U.S., Trump told Farage Britain would be “at the front.”

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