US President Donald Trump has revealed he wants jail-bound Tommy Robinson to be Britain’s new ambassador to the US.
As the diplomatic row with the UK exploded following leaked emails from current ambassador Sir Kim Darroch, Mr Trump has made clear who he wants in the top Washington job.
A Whitehouse insider said: “Tommy Robinson yesterday appealed for political asylum in the US because he’s about to be imprisoned in the UK for contempt of court.
“The President is fond of right-wing British activists and believes he can go one step further, and facilitate a deal for Mr Robinson to become British ambassador to the US.
“It’s a perfect solution – saving the poor young man from Jihadi death squads in prison AND offering him a cushy new job in the US.
“The Trump supporters here in America will love him.
“And best of all, it means we see the back of dimwitted Darroch, who had the temerity to call Mr Trump’s Presidency inept, dysfunctional, faction-riven, clumsy and unpredictable.”
Mr Trump famously retweeted Britain First, a far-right group, and has previously suggested Nigel Farage should take the Foreign Office role in the US.
Mr Robinson claims being sent to prison in the UK will be a “death sentence”.
He will learn his fate this week after being found guilty of contempt of court when he filmed defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage, in breach of a reporting ban, outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.
Two possible hitches over Robinson becoming our man in Washington – he has assault and mortgage fraud convictions in the UK and once tried to enter America with a false passport.