President Obama has delivered a final parting snub to Britain – by claiming Angela Merkel has been his “closest partner” during his time in office.

The outgoing US leader made the remarks before setting off to visit the German Chancellor in his final overseas trip, which will also include stops in Greece and Peru.

Speaking at the White House, he said: “In Germany, I’ll visit with Chancellor Merkel whose probably been my closest international partner these last eight years.”

The President did not mention he would also be meeting with other European leaders including Theresa May and French President Francois Hollande.

The snub comes after he warned Britain earlier this year it was going to be “in the back of the queue” for trade deals if it voted to leave the European Union.

U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk to attend their first meeting in the hotel castle Elmau in Kruen, Germany, June 7, 2015
Three’s a crowd in this UK-US-German conversation last year(Photo: Reuters)
And when they watched the Champions League final at Camp David (Photo: Getty)

Two years earlier he also tossed aside the long-standing ‘special relationship’ between the US and Britain after saying choosing a “best ally” between France and the UK would be like choosing his favourite daughter.

“I have two daughters,” the president said, referring to Sasha and Malia, “and they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.

“And that’s how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways.”

The pair bonded over planting a tree at the G7 in China(Photo: AFP/Getty)

Obama has been accused of cosying up to Germany after it emerged last year the US National Security Agency tapped Merkel’s phone calls for years and spied on the staff of her predecessors.

Currently, concerns are high over the ‘special relationship’ after Donald Trump’s shock election last week, he spoke to nine other world leaders before Prime Minister Theresa May.

However when the pair did finally talk by telephone Trump described the relationship as “very, very special” and invited the UK leader to meet him in the US at the earliest opportunity.

Ukip’s interim leader Nigel Farage has already flown out to meet the President-elect, but No 10 have rejected calls for him to play a part in talks with America.

The news that the U.S. was listening to Angela Merkel’s phone conversations caused a loss of trust in the U.S. and Mr. Obama among Germans….


The German People Turned Against Mr. Obama

How Germany Soured on Obama

BERLIN — When Barack Obama visited here as a senator in 2008, he was greeted by a crowd of 200,000 as a man in the image of John F. Kennedy, who in 1963 assured Berliners that he was one of them.

Barack Obama addresses a crowd estimated at 200,000 in Berlin, January 2008. (Associated Press)

After eight years of George W. Bush, Mr. Obama seemed to promise not just a course correction, but a new enlightened era in American global leadership. The decision to award him the Nobel Peace Prize at the start of his presidency reflects the Continent’s initial high hopes that he would prove a more “European” president.

His farewell visit to the city on Wednesday, however, will be a more somber event, and not only because of what will follow his two terms. Over the past eight years, the Germans have grown increasingly disillusioned with the American president, and the euphoria of his first visit, at the height of summer, has given way to the melancholy of fall.

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After Mr. Obama’s wonderful Berlin visit before he was president in 2008, he was never again able to capture the love and attention of the German people  again in that same way. His popularity among Germans has diminished ever since. What Mr. Obama does not seem to understand, is that the longer people know him — the less they like him. Or at least the more they dislike his inability to put all his wonderful talk into action. This can probably be seen because his accomplishments have never measured up to his hopeful rhetoric….