It is "absurd" to think that the Obama administration is snubbing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs asserted Thursday.

Gibbs rejected reports that Obama had turned down a bilateral meeting with Brown out of anger over the release last month of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.

"The notion that there remains anything other than a special relationship between the two countries is silly and absurd," Gibbs said during a gaggle aboard Air Force One this afternoon.

Gibbs said that Brown and Obama had spoken a number of times during this week's United Nations General Assembly meetings, and turned down a bilateral meeting because of the constant contact already underway between the U.S. and the U.K.

"The notion that you can only do this in one meeting I think doesn’t make any sense, " Gibbs explained. "Because of the special relationship we have, we're in constant communication."