The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has called Liz Truss’s original economic policies “a mistake”.
In an unusual intervention, he said the economic turmoil that followed the government’s mini-budget had been “predictable”.
At an ice cream shop in Oregon, Mr Biden asked reporters about the prime minister’s attempt to boost growth with unfunded tax cuts – what the reporter called the “trickle-down plan that she has had to back away from”.
The president replied: “Well, it’s predictable. I wasn’t the only one that thought it was a mistake.”
He added: “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.”
Mr Biden has long been critical of the economic theory at the heart of the prime minister’s policy.
That namely cutting taxes on businesses and the rich generates growth that allows wealth to “trickle down” to all sectors of society.
‘We are a laughing stock.’
Mr Biden has to criticised for not doing enough to support UK-US relations, preferring instead to focus his transatlantic relationship on Dublin, Paris and Berlin.
Foreign ministers and British diplomats say a diplomatic cost to Britain’s political turmoil and an economical price.
Some world leaders are even happy to laugh publicly at Britain’s expense. The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke to the Sunday Times about the concerns expressed by the International Monetary Fund about the state of Britain’s economy.
“If you need experience dealing with the IMF, we are here to help!” he joked, referencing Greece’s financial instability and support from the international body.
The mediator tolerating economic turmoil jokes that their currency is stronger than the pound.
And crucially, foreign mediators feel able to break one of the first rules of diplomacy and criticise the domestic policies of their host.
Told me the one Uk mediator, “We are a laughing stock. People come up to me and ask: ‘What is going on in your country?’ There is a grim fascination in it all. But when I want to talk about substance, they just say, “let’s wait until things have settled down and there’s a plan.’