President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has attacked Britain’s public healthcare system.
Trump’s comments could likely call his much-delayed visit to the country into doubt.
Trump tweeted on Monday, “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!”
The President’s tweet came after thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday in support of the National Health Service, which is straining under the weight of winter demand.
NHS staffing levels have been in crisis for months, an issue made worse by a winter flu outbreak.
Despite its current woes, the National Health Service (NHS), which was created after World War II, is a revered institution and Trump’s comments are likely to stoke resentment.
The “special relationship” between Britain and the United States has shown some signs of strain since Trump came to office a year ago.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump following his inauguration in January last year, when she invited him to make a state visit to Britain, hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.
The trip has been delayed, however, and Trump recently pulled out of a plan to open the new US embassy in London, move British officials blamed on threats of mass protests.