Nigel Farage was stopped from boarding a flight to the US amid the coronavirus travel ban but was finally allowed to attend a rally for President Donald Trump under a ‘national interest’ clause, officials have revealed.
Mr Farage documented his journey to the States through the weekend, fanning speculation his friend the President helped him swerve the travel ban.
US officials gave the Brexit Party leader an exemption under a ‘national interest’ clause, as revealed by The Independent.
That allowed Mr Farage to head to the rally in Oklahoma to support Trump’s re-election bid.
The first images of Mr Farage emerged late on Saturday in the UK, showing the 56-year-old preparing in a tent backstage at the rally, in preparation for the ‘Team Trump on Tour’ part of proceedings – a series of panel discussions for the waiting crowd outside.
The Brexiteer took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to write: ‘In the USA, only twenty four hours from Tulsa,’ the Oklahoma city playing host to Trump’s first campaign event since lockdown.
First images of Nigel Farage emerged late on Saturday in the UK, showing the 56-year-old preparing in a tent backstage at the Tulsa rally
President Donald Trump took to the stage and addressed his audience, of whom he had promised a ‘wild evening’ in the run up to the rally
The Brexiteer this afternoon tweeted: ‘In the USA, only twenty four hours from Tulsa,’ the Oklahoma city playing host to Trump’s first campaign event since lockdown
Theories pointed to a one-off waiver ordered by the White House for Mr Farage, a friend of the President who memorably appeared alongside Trump at a rally during the 2016 election.
Mr Farage’s social media post, which included a picture of him combining sunglasses with his trademark pinstripe suit, raised eyebrows as to how he managed to bypass the ongoing flight freeze.
Washington continues to ban visitors who have been in a handful of coronavirus hotbeds over the past 14 days, including the UK.
Theories pointed to a one-off discreet waiver coming directly from the Oval Office for Mr Farage, a friend of the President who memorably appeared alongside Trump at a rally during the 2016 election.
Mr Farage’s reference to Tulsa in his tweet further fuelled suggestions he was due to attend tonight’s event.
The Brexit Party leader only last week quit his LBC radio show, on which he once secured Mr Trump as a star interviewee.
He has kept tight-lipped about what his next plans are, but he was widely rumoured to be gearing up to help Trump’s reelection campaign.
In 2016, the firebrand Eurosceptic crossed the Atlantic to coach the then Republican candidate for his debates against Hillary Clinton.
But his involvement in Team Trump was expected to be thwarted by the President’s own draconian Covid-19 restrictions, namely the ban on foreign travel.
As well as the UK, the US currently restricts visitors from China, Iran, Brazil, Ireland and the EU’s Schengen Zone.
The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is bracing for a raucous rally after President Donald Trump promised a ‘wild evening’
Donald Trump is scheduled to host his first rally since the Covid 19 Pandemic began on Saturday in Tulsa
With his poll numbers sliding during the pandemic, Trump is keen to rally his support base as eyes begin to turn back to November’s election.
The rally in Tulsa will stand as one of the biggest indoor events in the US since large gatherings were prohibited in March to prevent the spread of infection.
Ahead of the meeting, the President promised supporters, who had began queuing early this morning, they were going to have a ‘wild evening’.
‘We have to get back to living our lives’ Trump told Axios on Friday, adding ‘we’re going to have a wild evening tomorrow night at Oklahoma.’
Asked about whether people attending the rally should wear face coverings, as is now recommended by the CDC, Trump replied ‘I recommend people do what they want.’