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Liz Truss Resigns: Joe Biden Reacts

Liz Truss resigned on Thursday 20th October as the UK’s Prime Minister, after only 44 days in office, making her the shortest Prime Minister to hold office in British History

Whilst the UK seeks out its new Prime Minister, who may be announced as early as Monday, how has the US reacted to Liz Truss’ resignation overseas?

In a statement issued from the White House, President Biden thanked “Prime Minister Liz Truss for her partnership on a range of issues.” Adding that the United States, “will continue our close operation with the U.K. government as weak work together to meet the global challenges our nations face.”

One of the issues that faced Truss during her short time as Prime Minister was her tax cuts which had a major impact on the market. Biden had previously been critical of these unfunded tax cuts. He had said that it was a “mistake”. Whilst at a campaign stop in Oregon, Biden told reporters, “it thinks that the idea of cutting taxes on the super-wealthy at a time when… I disagree with the policy, but it’s up to Britain to make that judgement, not me.”

Liz Truss Resigns

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As reporters asked Biden on Thursday his thoughts on Truss’ resignation, one reporter asked if he was concerned about possible negative economic effects. Biden’s response was. “I don’t think they’re that consequential.” He added that Truss “was a great partner on Russia and on Ukraine.”

A month earlier Biden met with Truss at the United National General Assembly in New York. At the meeting, Biden re-stressed the importance of the Northern Ireland peace agreement. Especially since Truss had backed a proposal that some critics argued with cause issues for parts of the deal that ended the Northern Ireland conflict

Days prior to that meeting, Biden flew to London for the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II, for which Prime Minister Truss thanked him.

A new Prime Minister will enter office on Friday 28th October at the latest, but if there is no competition a Prime Minister could assume office as early as Monday 24th.

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