Gibbs decries 'absurd' reports of U.K. snub

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."