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Barack Obama has called David Cameron “as close a partner as the president has had” after appearing to criticise the UK prime minister for being “distracted”.
In an interview with the Atlantic, Obama had said Cameron had been “distracted by a range of other things” when intervening in Libya following the 2011 uprising, saying the country was “a mess”.
However, in a statement, the White House said: “Prime Minister Cameron has been as close a partner as the president has had, and we deeply value the UK’s contributions on our shared national security and foreign policy objectives which reflect our special and essential relationship.
“With respect to Libya, the president has long said that all of us – including the United States – could have done more in the aftermath of the Libyan intervention.”
There have been numerous occasions where Cameron and Obama have not seen eye to eye.
Most recently, as the UK cut budgets to almost all government departments, Obama warned if UK defence spending dropped below 2%, the UK and US could no longer have the “special relationship” if the UK didn’t pay its “fair share”.