Former British PM Liz Truss says it ‘has to be’ Trump in White House next year

Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss said Monday that it “has to be” former President Trump in the White House after the 2024 election, endorsing Trump for the office while laying criticism on President Biden.

“I don’t think Biden has been particularly supportive to the United Kingdom. I think he’s often on the side of the [European Union],” Truss said on British news radio station LBC. “And I certainly think I would like to see a new president in the White House.”

Truss, the shortest-serving prime minister in the country’s history, has been a major backer of American conservative politics since leaving 10 Downing Street in 2022.

While never before endorsing Trump by name, she spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February and wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal calling for a Republican president.

“I hope that a Republican will be returned to the White House in 2024,” she wrote in November. “There must be conservative leadership in the U.S. that is once again bold enough to call out hostile regimes as evil and a threat.”

Promoting her new book, the Tory said Monday that Trump’s policies “were actually very effective.”

“He cut regulation, he cut taxes, he liberated the U.S. energy supply. And this is why the U.S. has had significantly higher economic growth than Britain,” she said, adding that Trump “was more effective at preventing aggressive regimes expanding, and I think we’d be in a different position if he got reelected in 2020.”

Truss’s 50-day stint as prime minister was mostly marked by its chaos, failing to pass a substantial government budget and hampered by a rotating Cabinet. Her leadership also saw the British pound fall to its lowest value ever compared to the U.S. dollar, with economic analysts blaming her unpopular tax proposals. At the end of her premiership, she was the most unpopular prime minister in Britain’s history, according to public opinion polls.

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