British politician Nigel Farage says the US became “a lot” weaker under the leadership of President Barack Obama.
Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), took aim at the outgoing American president’s legacy in an interview with Fox News on Monday, saying Obama had weakened the United States’ global standing in an unprecedented manner.
“I think America these days, I’m sorry to say, looks a lot weaker than it has done for a very long time,” said Farage, who is a close friend of President-elect Donald Trump.
“Barack Obama is popular with all the countries that he’s been weak and that he’s appeased,” he said, citing Cuba as an example. “Around the rest of the world, America’s standing is poor.”
“Let me tell you that not only is Obama’s reputation here lower than I can think of than any American president for some time, but actually America’s reputation is lower.”
The member of the European Parliament, who led a successful campaign to take Britain out of the European Union (EU), made the remarks days after Obama defended his eight years in the White House.
“Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected that they did eight years ago,” Obama said. “It’s a situation I’m proud to leave my successor.”
This is while Trump has also criticized Obama’s domestic and foreign policies, going as far as branding the administration as “stupid.”
Calling Obama “the most ignorant president,” Trump told NBC in July that Obama “didn’t know anything” upon taking office in 2008 and “today, he knows less.”
Trump and Farage developed a friendship in the build-up to the November 8 election.
The Brexit leader even traveled to America in August and hit the campaign trail with Trump, encouraging voters to ignore all the negativity surrounding the Manhattan billionaire and side with him against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Back then, Farage likened a possible Trump win to the surprise outcome of the June referendum in the UK, where about 52 percent of Brits voted in favor of Brexit, beating all odds.
After his victory, Trump said Farage would be a “great” British ambassador to the US, a notion that was rejected by the UK government.