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Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss holds a press conference in the Downing Street Briefing Room on October 14, in London, England. (Daniel Leal/Getty Images)

Liz Truss’s eight-minute press conference has done little to shift the narrative that she is losing control of the Conservative Party, the public and Britain’s economy.

Truss was criticized by reporters for taking just four questions before rapidly leaving the podium.

“Aren’t you going to apologize,” a reporter called out as she left the room.

“We were genuinely shocked” at the lack of questions Truss took, Sky News Political Editor Beth Rigby said on the channel after the news conference ended.

Tory lawmakers were notably quiet on social media after the news conference finished, but Truss was roundly attacked by opposition MPs.

“None of this is fair on our country and the people whose lives and livelihoods are hanging in the balance because of this shambles of a government,” Labour’s shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said after Truss’s press conference wrapped up.

“Changing the Chancellor doesn’t undo the damage that’s been done,” his colleague, the shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, added earlier. “We don’t just need a change in Chancellor, we need a change in government.

“This is a Tory crisis, made in Downing Street,” Reeves said.

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