Biden has little of substance to say following sudden resignation of U.K. Prime Minister Truss

On Sept. 6, in one of her final official acts just days before her death, Queen Elizabeth II formally appointed Liz Truss to be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom roughly six weeks after former Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned amid accusations of scandal.

Just 45 days later, Truss has now surprisingly announced her own resignation as well, and that abrupt development appears to have caught President Joe Biden’s White House off guard.

Historically short tenure for Prime Minister Truss

NBC News reported Thursday that Prime Minister Truss will go down in history as having the shortest tenure ever of any British prime minister.

She was compelled to resign her post under pressure from members of her own party following a spectacular backlash to her proposed economic plans, which would have slashed taxes to spur economic growth, that was rejected by many of her own fellow Tories and provoked a sharp downturn for British markets and currency.

Now the Conservative Party is scrambling to quickly choose a new party leader to serve as the next prime minister amid the economic and political turmoil.

Not much to say for Biden

In response to the abrupt resignation announcement on Thursday, President Biden issued a rather perfunctory statement that declared, “The United States and the United Kingdom are strong Allies and enduring friends — and that fact will never change.”

“I thank Prime Minister Liz Truss for her partnership on a range of issues including holding Russia accountable for its war against Ukraine,” Biden added. “We will continue our close cooperation with the U.K. government as we work together to meet the global challenges our nations face.”

Later in the day, as the president was preparing to board Marine One for a trip away from the White House, he was asked to comment further on Truss’ resignation and whether she had done the “right thing” in choosing to step aside from her leadership role.

“Well, that’s for her to decide,” Biden replied. “But, look, she was a good partner on Russia and Ukraine. And — and the British are going to solve their problem. And — but she was a good partner.”

When asked if he was concerned about any possible “spillover effect” on the U.S. economy due to the U.K.’s sudden “political and economic turmoil,” Biden either downplayed that economic turmoil or disparaged the British economy altogether when he stated in reply, “No, I don’t think they’re that consequential.”

Boris Johnson could return as PM just months after resigning

Breitbart reported that, in contrast to the lengthy six-week affair that saw Truss picked as the successor to Johnson, there will be a much more expeditious process of just days instead of weeks this time to choose the next prime minister to replace Truss.

Ironically enough, the still relatively popular Johnson is actually viewed as a frontrunner to reprise his role as prime minister less than four months after he had announced his own resignation, though there are a handful of other contenders for the top leadership position.

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