A US academic who claimed to be Donald Trump’s likely ambassador to the EU has never been under consideration for the position, according to the US government.
The Financial Times found that he had embellished parts of his autobiography and CV, including claims that he received a knighthood from the Queen and invented the phrase “thought leadership”.
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Mr Malloch did teach ethics at Oxford university’s Saïd Business School, although the school told the FT that he was a temporary senior fellow, not a professor as he claimed. After leaving Oxford last year, Mr Malloch worked at Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading, on a one-year contract.
Mr Malloch used a publicist to help raise his profile after the US election in November. The BBC, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and other news sources frequently referred to him as the man tipped to be Mr Trump’s ambassador to the EU.