MP Nigel: '˜The day I had dinner with Donald Trump in Florida'

LANCASHIRE MP Nigel Evans has invited the USA's President-Elect Donald Trump to the Ribble Valley.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 7:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:13 pm
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans with USA president-elect Donlad Trump. The pair met in 2012 at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida

The pair met at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2012, where the man who is set to be the world’s most powerful leader posed for a photo with Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

Now, following Trump’s stunning win over his Democrat rival Hilary Clinton, Mr Evans has written to him reminding him of their meeting.

According to Mr Evans’ spokesman James Wilson, back in 2012: “Nigel and two others had dinner with Melania and Donald Trump where they discussed UK-US relations, the state of politics, and general world affairs.”

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He added: “In his letter to Donald Trump, Mr Evans congratulated the property tycoon, turned TV reality star, turned politician, along with the First Lady-Elect, Melania Trump, on last week’s result.

“He also reminded Mr Trump of their meeting in 2012 at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.”

The letter also extended an invitation to the President Elect, who is set to take office in January, to visit the Ribble Valley with a view to trade talks, particularly concerning the US links of British firm BAE Systems, which has a plant at Samlesbury.

Mr Evans said: “Regardless of what opinions we as individuals have about the President-elect, it must be accepted by all that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

“It does not help to continue to rage against the US election machine; it is time for us to open a dialogue with President-elect Trump so that we can work together to the advantage of everyone. This is what I have done in my letter to Trump.”

Businessman and reality TV star Trump beat Clinton in the race to the White House last week.

He has been a controversial figure due to his views on women, abortion, immigration and foreign policies.