Joe Biden asked to mind his own business after criticism of Truss’ policies

Sir. Biden claimed that the US economy was “strong as hell” and inflation was “worse everywhere else” than in the US.

“The problem is the lack of economic growth and sound politics in other countries, not so much ours,” he told reporters on a visit to Portland ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

Craig Mackinlay, Tory MP for South Thanet, compared Mr Biden’s remarks to Barack Obama’s warning that Britain would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal if it left the EU.

“From President Obama weighing in on the Brexit debate in 2016, presumably at the behest of Downing Street at the time, US presidential interventions in British politics are a diplomatic line that should never be crossed and rarely end well,” said Mr. Msckinlay to the Telegraph. .

“I expect he would have felt encouraged by similar behavior from the IMF, which decided to weigh in on British tax policy. I would recommend that President Biden look at his own country’s problems rather than a wider international net.”

Sir. Mackinlay referred to the International Monetary Fund’s thinly veiled swipes at Mrs Truss earlier this month after it told governments to embrace austerity to curb inflation and warned there was no room for missteps in fiscal and monetary policy.

Brendan Clarke-Smith, a parliamentary secretary at the Cabinet Office, said: “He said the right thing in the end in justice [that it was up to Britain]. He should have said it at the start and then just left it at that.”

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, wrote in a blog post: “Some of us predicted the outcome of [Truss’s] mini-Budget in advance – but I don’t remember Joe Biden being one of them.

“The fact that President Biden has joined the pile will do nothing but hasten her rapidly approaching departure from Number 10.”

President tired of trickle-down economy

Shortly before a sit-down with Mrs Truss at a UN summit last month, Mr Biden had said he was “sick and tired of trickle-down economics”.

“It never worked,” he wrote on Twitter. “We build an economy from the ground up and the middle out.”

While most people interpreted his remarks as aimed at a domestic audienceas he seeks to endorse local Democrats next monthsome wondered if it was a swipe at Mrs Truss.

In the same visit, Ms Truss admitted some of her measures, including removing a cap on bankers’ bonuses, “will be unpopular”, but said they were necessary to end years of stagnation.

Labor tried to seize on Mr Biden’s intervention, while David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, defended the president’s meddling in British politics.

“As well as crashing the economy, Liz Truss’ humiliating U-turns have made the UK economy an international punchline,” Lammy said. “President Biden knows the dangerous folly of trickle-down economics.”

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