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UK's special relationship with US was 'a joke' says advisor

PICTURED: Theresa May and former US President, Barack Obama
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JEREMY SHAPIRO, a former presidential adviser, said Barack Obama's team thought the special relationship between Britain and the US was a joke, The Sun reports.

He claimed the relationship with Britain “was never really something that was very important to the United States’” and diplomats used to slip references to the "Malvinas" - what Argentina calls the Falklands - into speeches to mock the UK.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Mr Shapiro said: “From my perspective it was very important for us to mention the special relationship in every press conference that we had when the UK were here.

“But really we laughed about it behind the scenes. Typically, I would try and slip in a reference to the Malvinas or something to spoil it.”

Referring to a 2009 survey that revealed 14 out of 25 EU countries believed they had a special relationship with America, he said the relationship with Britain “didn’t differ dramatically from other countries”.

He added: “It was a close relationship, a good relationship and a productive relationship. But it was the kind of relationship we would have with other countries.”

Mr Shapiro, a foreign policy expert who advised Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry, said the special relationship was much more important to Britain than to the US, the Daily Mail reported.

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