It’s a matter of record that Nigel Farage received a VIP ‘golden ticket invitation‘ to Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s also rumoured that Farage was extremely proud of this and was showing it to anyone who would listen. Certainly he was not camera shy ahead of the ceremony:
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 19, 2017
What nobody appears to have remarked on so far is that there appear to be no pictures of Farage at the inauguration – nor even any mention of his actually attending. Given that Farage is anything but reticent about grabbing every photo opportunity, this should be surprising enough to attract attention.
Farage did throw a huge post-inauguration party in Trump’s honour, hiring the entire top floor of an expensive hotel a stone’s throw from the White House – and there is no shortage of pictures of him at this event, at which he is said to have praised Trump to the proverbial rafters.
The SKWAWKBOX can reveal that, according to extremely well-placed sources, the reason for the dearth of images or accounts of Farage at the inauguration ceremony is a simple one: his invitation was rescinded shortly before the event.
By whom? Judging by the chummy group selfie with Mississippi governor Phil Bryant in Farage’s tweet above, it wasn’t Bryant’s doing – and it suggests that the withdrawal happened at very short notice, unless Farage was putting on a very brave face the day before the event. Which would leave Trump or his team as the likely source.
Farage may, of course, have attended as part of the main ‘crowd’ (such as it was), but would be very unlikely to spread photos of him mingling with the ordinary people when the media was expecting him in the thick of the formal invitees.
The SKWAWKBOX also understands that Mr Farage was repeatedly heard assuring journalists at the bash that Trump would be appearing, as the media had been trailing in the days before the event.
He did not attend at any point, in spite of the nearness of the venue.
Could the already-reviled US President have decided that Nigel Farage is too toxic even for him?
Edit: new photographic evidence that Farage was not at the inauguration as a VIP is now available here.
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