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Obama confident U.S.-UK 'special relationship' to continue under May

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter's questions after meeting with Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Palacio de la Moncloa in Madrid, Spain July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is confident that the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain will continue after Theresa May becomes British prime minister, the White House said on Monday.

“The president is entirely confident that he and his successor will be able to coordinate effectively with her to not just protect, but even advance the special relationship between our two countries,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Adam DeRose; Editing by Tim Ahmann