Is Donald Trump copying Nigel Farage? Claims US is overwhelmed by ‘diseases’ from Mexico

Donald Trump appears to have taken a leaf out of the book of UKIP leader Nigel Farage – by claiming the US is being overrun by “infectious diseases” from Mexico.

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage repeatedly claimed during the election campaign that the NHS is “incapable” of treating British people with HIV – because of the number of migrants.

In the US, Republican Presidential wannabe Donald Trump – who has attracted controversy after claiming Mexican immigrants include “rapists” and bring “drugs and crime” – is now making incredibly similar claims.

Mr Trump – who has already been sacked by NBC over his comments – insisted in a follow-up statement: “Tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.”

He added: “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.

“The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs.”

Is Donald Trump copying Nigel Farage? Claims US is overwhelmed by ‘diseases’ from Mexico

The TV star previously explained he opposes same-sex marriage because he “just don’t feel good about it” – but was recently challenged on his belief in ‘traditional’ marriage given he has been married three times.

Despite Trump’s public opposition to the rights of gay couples to marry, actor George Takei claimed previously that Trump privately admitted he has attended a same-sex wedding and that he’d found it ‘beautiful’.

He was also recently accused of paying actors $50 each to pretend to support him at his Presidential campaign launch.