The British government has blamed a “technical error” for the name “Trump” faint in the background of a tweet by Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulating Joe Biden on winning the US election.
Social media users commented on the contradiction, while Guido Fox said the message also included the phrase “second term” embedded in it.
British officials said two letters were prepared before the outcome was known.
They added that the alternative message “overlapped” with the other message by mistake.
Johnson posted the message on Twitter on Saturday after television networks in the United States and other countries declared former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden the winner.
Incumbent President Donald Trump is refusing to accept the election result and has been launching a series of lawsuits in certain states, challenging the results.
The British Prime Minister’s message read: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.”
The message goes on: “The United States is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
But the message appeared to bear the effects of a different message referring to Trump, who has held the presidency since 2017.
A British government spokesman said: “As you can expect, two statements were prepared in advance in response to the outcome of these elections, which were very close.”
“The meaning of a technical error is that parts of the alternative message were incorporated into the background of the statement,” he added.
British ministers said they were excited to work with Biden on issues such as climate change and trade, while Johnson said that he and the president-elect had “much more in common than what divides them.”
The Biden team has sought in recent days to downplay existing tensions over Johnson’s role in Brexit and his earlier comments about President Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Biden, who is known to be opposed to the issue of Brexit, has emphasized that keeping the peace in Northern Ireland is a very important issue in any post-Brexit trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom.