Biden savaged by Boris ally after ‘terribly rude’ Truss intervention

Biden and Truss discuss NI protocol in New York meeting

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Joe Biden has been criticised for making “terribly rude” remarks about Liz Truss’s income tax U-turn. And Tory peer Lord Daniel Moylan also urged the US president to “give me a call“ for a lesson on basic economics. Mr Biden was questioned about Ms Truss on Saturday, the day after the Prime Minister fired Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng and scrapped parts of the Government’s economic package in the wake of financial market turmoil, including a dip in the value of the pound.

However his comments nonplussed Lord Moylan, a close ally of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson who served as his chief airport adviser when he was Mayor of London.

He told “It’s terribly rude to say this.

“It’s a direct interference in the domestic politics of an allied country, that’s what it is. And allies and friends don’t do that.”

In reference to the substance of Mr Biden’s criticism, Lord Moylan added: “Taxes are much lower on high incomes in America, so I don’t know what he’s complaining about really.

“I don’t suppose he knows anything about Britain, he knows nothing about this country.”

Referring to former US President’s controversial remarks about the uncertain prospects for a UK/US trade deal should the UK vote for Brexit in 2016, he added: “It’s like Obama and that ‘back of the queue’ thing.

“If Joe Biden would like some advice on his domestic policy, I’d be happy to provide some.

“Give me a call – I’ve got things to say, and I’d be certainly happy to share with him my views on the conduct of domestic policy in the United States.”

Mr Biden, a Democrat, is a frequent critic of conservative “trickle down” economic policies, associated in the United States with former President Ronald Reagan and Republicans.

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His White House, though, had previously declined to comment on the proposals outlined by Mr Kwarteng in his September 23 mini-budget, including plans to scrap Britain’s 45 percent top income tax rate.

Mr Biden told reporters the outcome was “predictable”, adding: “I wasn’t the only one that thought it was a mistake.

“I think that the idea of cutting taxes on the super wealthy at a time when – anyway, I just think – I disagreed with the policy, but that’s up to Great Britain to make that judgment, not me.”

Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy responded to Mr Biden’s remarks by saying: “As well as crashing the economy, Liz Truss’s humiliating U-turns have made Britain’s economy an international punchline.

“President Biden knows the dangerous folly of trickle-down economics.

“His comments confirm the hit our reputation has taken thanks to the Conservatives. We need a change in government.

Ms Truss is under intense pressure after a turbulent few days, not least after an eight-minute Downing Street press conference during which she answered just four questions.

Three Conservative MPs have come out publicly to call for Liz Truss to quit, as pressure builds on the Prime Minister – Crispin Blunt, Andrew Bridgen and James Wallis.

Mr Biden is not the first US leader to weigh in when it comes to UK politics.

Speaking after his 2016 election victory, Donald Trump – defeated by Mr Biden in 2020 – unsettled then-PM Theresa May by touting former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as the UK’s ambassador in Washington.

In 2018, during a trip to the UK, Mr Trump accused Mrs May of ignoring his advice in her pursuit of a deal with the EU over Brexit and lavished praise on Boris Johnson, the man who would replace her in No.10 a year later.

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