Donald Trump today sparked a fresh diplomatic row with Britain after he branded the NHS ‘broke and not working’.
The US President claimed that a major protest about the winter crisis in Britain’s hospitals in London at the weekend was a sign it is not a system the US should copy.
His remarks sparked a furious response from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who hit back saying no one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.
The barb is the latest in a series of spats with the UK which Mr Trump has sparked on Twitter.
Last year after he retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far right group Britain First and criticised the UK’s record on terrorism on Twitter.
And it comes just over a week after the US President and Theresa May insisted they had patched things up during a meeting at Davos.
Mr Trump is expected to make his first visit to the UK this July and is already likely to be met with some of the biggest protests the country has ever seen.
He has already postponed his state visit amid fears it would be overshadowed by angry demonstrations.
Donald Trump’s remark sparked a furious slap down from the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who said that no one in Britain wants to live in the system like they have in the US
Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: ‘The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working.
‘Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!’.
But Mr Hunt hit back on Twitter, saying: ‘I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover.
‘NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.’
And other politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, piled in on the US President on Twitter.
The Labour leader said: ‘Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right.’
Labour MP John Woodcock told Mail Online: ‘Once again we are seeing from this shameful excuse of a President is him criticising an institution that makes Britain great.
‘It is increasingly clear hat the only thing he can do to restore dignity to his office and the country he is diminishing is to resign.’
A Government source told MailOnline the ‘country is united’ behind the NHS.
Mr Trump’s comments come amid an angry political row in the United States over healthcare reform.
Lib Dem leader Vince Cable said Mr Trump did not ‘understand’ the NHS – and offered to give him a briefing on how it worked.
Sir Vince said: ‘It is not broken, it is under enormous pressure.
‘If he wants to understand how the system works in Britain and wants some solutions he should read out report.’
He added: ‘He obviously doesn’t understand it.’
Britons quickly took to Twitter hit out at Mr Trump, who they said was peddling’ fake news’ and fundamentally misunderstanding the protests on Saturday.
Stephen Doughty, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, said on Twitter: ‘Now Trump @realDonaldTrump exposing again his utter ignorance about Britain – this time on our proud NHS – exactly the opposite to what he’s doing in the US.’