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  1. to be clear, it’s the UK that signaled dissatisfaction with the expression

    >But after a suggestion that Liz Truss is not overly keen on the term, the White House has offered to suspend use of the “special relationship”.

  2. It was a phrase coined by Sir Winston Churchill and has been used by successive British prime ministers over the intervening decades to describe the UK’s strong bond with America.

    But after a suggestion that Liz Truss is not overly keen on the term, the White House has offered to suspend use of the “special relationship”.

    In his first meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Joe Biden, the US president, instead told Ms Truss: “You’re our closest ally in the world.”

    But the term “special relationship” was conspicuously absent from Ms Truss’ sit down with Mr Biden ahead of the pair’s meeting at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday.

    The White House later denied that the term had been “retired”.

    A senior official at first appeared surprised to hear reporters suggest that Ms Truss finds the phrase “a little bit demeaning”.

    “Demeaning of who?” replied the official, adding: “I mean, Joe Biden didn’t invent the phrase.”

    The official later quipped: “We’ll shut it down until we can figure out what’s going on.”

    The idea of abandoning the term “special relationship” was first mooted by Boris Johnson, who was reported to believe it made the UK appear “needy and weak”.

    Downing Street later confirmed that the then-prime minister “prefers not to use the phrase”, while stressing it “in no way detracts” from the importance of Britain’s relationship with its closest ally.

    Mr Johnson’s successor also appears to dislike the phrasing, which was adopted by Mr Churchill in one of his most significant post-war speeches in 1946.

    In a speech as foreign secretary last year, Ms Truss stressed that Britain’s relationship with the US is “special but not exclusive”, stressing that “there are other allies too”.

    Ms Truss was also reported to have questioned the validity of the term during one of her first meetings as foreign secretary with her Antony Blinken, her US counterpart.

    The White House said Mr Biden had a “candid” discussion about the Northern Ireland Protocol, with the US president insisting it be kept and is a matter of “personal importance”.

    But officials said later that Mr Biden did not use a possible trade deal to threaten Ms Truss over Northern Ireland.

  3. Brits always seems to have a weird association with the term while in the US it’s really just seen as an acknowledgment of shared history.

  4. The phrase “Special Relationship” in regards to the UK and the USofA means a lot to ‘Muricans. It means you’ve got our back and we’ve got your back and always will, damnit. We may give you Nigels a 4th of July cheek and you’ll crack on our Billy Joe Bob’s weight and culture from time to time. But nobody better get between us. There’s nothing but pain for those that may try. In WW2 you waited for us to get across the pond. Then you stayed with us until the very bloody end on the other side of the world. Without each other we wouldn’t be the same.

  5. 🙁

    Edit: Wait. I think the US official was just joking.

    “The White House later denied that the term had been “retired”.

    A senior official at first appeared surprised to hear reporters suggest that Ms Truss finds the phrase “a little bit demeaning”.

    “Demeaning of who?” replied the official, adding: “I mean, Joe Biden didn’t invent the phrase.

    “The official later quipped: “We’ll shut it down until we can figure out what’s going on.”

    **”I’m just kidding”** the official added.”

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    There was speculation Mr Johnson’s successor also dislikes the phrasing, which was adopted by Mr Churchill in one of his most significant post-war speeches in 1946.

    But on Thursday night, Downing Street sources said **Ms Truss was relaxed** about the use of the phrase, and had even used it during her leadership bid.

    In a speech as foreign secretary last year, Ms Truss stressed that Britain’s relationship with the US is “special but not exclusive”, stressing that “there are other allies too”.

    Also, the real title of the article is:

    **”White House jokes about suspending ‘special relationship’ label after Liz Truss visit”**

  6. It is assuring to know that the government knows that the best way to maintain diplomatic relations and perhaps even begin the process to start a trade deal with the world’s superpower is to start fault-finding and complaining about identitarian non-issues.

  7. I’m sorry a person that writes so well had to write about such a horseshit subject with no meaning.

    Can we have science, please? 😉

  8. I always think the special relationship is a lot more important for uk government then it is for most people in the uk and the US don’t care about it at all.

  9. Never forget that the Special Relationship is sociocultural, not purely political. Regardless of the temporary political developments involved, the relationship endures.

  10. How is it not France, who assisted Americans get their independence from said UK? Or is that too long ago, and also because, you know, they refused to invade Iraq for round two?

  11. she seems pretty special herself

    This US is conspicuously stupid because we’re so big and ridiculous but goddamn the UK has turned into a dumpster fire pretty spectacularly

  12. Demeaning to use a term your own nation came up with? Lol. After alienating your european allies you’d think giving your closest ally, and only other option, the cold shoulder would be a bad move, but oh well I guess. UK seems determined to lose all their international influence.

  13. So this country’s economy is tanking and her grand strategy is to make enemies with both France and the US? Okay.

  14. Churchill said this when he was still delusional about the fate of the British Empire.

    Hate to put it like this, but Putin is basically in the same place now as Churchill was then. America was the big winner of WWII, and all the European powers got demoted, thanks to their inability to get long with each other. Russia survived in the Soviet Union until 1989, but the UK’s fall was faster.

    What sounded like “We are equals” to Churchill doesn’t sound anything like that a half a century later. Blair kowtowing Bush and playing his dirt stupid war games was the end of the illusion.

  15. Haha they felt the term was demeaning after the UK became a smaller power by their own hand out of pride. Biden was like “sure thing little buddy we’ll find a new label for ya”

  16. Immensely stupid decision by Biden here. I have generally thought he’s done pretty well on the foreign policy front, but his OBSESSION of the UK’s own decisions around Northern Ireland is so narrowminded in the global picture of our shared goals and values. Even other democrats are not as fixated on one issue as him. I expect that whoever will replace him will easily reverse this idiocy.

  17. > But after a suggestion that Liz Truss is not overly keen on the term, the White House has offered to suspend use of the “special relationship”.

    So, by agreeing to do what Liz Truss (politely) asked him to do, Biden is being accused of sabotaging our alliance with Britain………*riiiiight*

  18. These comments are hysterical , if she’d banged on about the special relationship as a good thing (and she’s not saying the alliance isn’t , just the term) , all of the responses would have been about how we’re America’s poodle, 51st state etc… In fact they usually are. Can’t win really !