United States President Donald Trump attacked the British National Health Service on Monday saying that the system was ineffective while targeting Democrats that are pushing for universal healthcare.
“The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the [United Kingdom] because their [universal healthcare] system is going broke and not working,” Mr. Trump tweeted early in the morning.
The reference to “thousands” marching was an apparent reference to the crowds taking up Downing Street in a “Save the NHS” protest on Saturday.
In response to Trump’s tweet, a spokesman said Prime Minister Theresa May was “proud” of the British healthcare system, which Downing Street said was recently ranked the best in the world, the BBC reported.
Trump’s tweet follows an appearance by form UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Fox And Friends where he addressed the protests, a show watched frequently by the U.S. president.
British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back hard on Twitter, quoting Trump’s tweet and saying that he “may disagree with claims made on that march but not one of them wants to live in a system where [28 million 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,” Mr. Hunt wrote, in a statement Downing Street says speaks for the government.
The United States is the only developed country not to employ some form of universal healthcare.
U.K. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn chimed in tweeting that Trump was wrong and explained “people were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right.”
British TV personality Piers Morgan, who had interviewed Trump at the World Economic Forum and considers the president a friend also tweeted in response that the president was “wrong” in his statement.
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