Once again, President Trump opened his mouth via his Twitter and proved that nothing good can come out if it. This time he insulted the UK by taking a jab at their healthcare system, National Health Service (NHS).
Over the weekend, London's streets were overrun with demonstrators demanding more government funding and resources for NHS. The UK has been experiencing a health crisis in recent weeks as hospitals struggle to manage a surge in intensive care admissions. Due to an increase in flu cases, patient wait times have been up to 12 hours long. This is what prompted the rally, called "NHS in crisis—fix it now" and organized by the People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together. Trump referenced the protest in a roundabout way to mock Democrats who want universal healthcare.
Trump's insensitive remark earned him a swift lashing from many major political figures in Britain:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
Leader of the Labour Party (UK), Jeremy Corbyn, schooled Trump beautifully:
Conservative Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (UK), also set the President straight:
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 https://t.co/YJsKBAHsw7— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) February 5, 2018
Emily Ashton, senior political correspondent at BuzzFeed's British division, confirmed British Prime Minister Theresa May had Hunt's back:
PM backs Jeremy Hunt in his slapdown to Donald Trump over the NHS. No 10: "Jeremy Hunt is the health secretary and of course he speaks for the government"— Emily Ashton (@elashton) February 5, 2018
As reported by the Guardian, May's spokesman said of Hunt's opinion:
The prime minister is proud of having an NHS which is free at the point of delivery. NHS funding is at a record high, and was prioritized in the budget with an extra £2.8bn. In the recent Commonwealth Fund international survey the NHS was rated the best in the world for a second time.
And Interim Editor at Gizmodo UK, James O'Malley, pulled no punches:
Nor did European affairs analyst Yannis Koutsomitis:
But not everybody was anti-Trump:
Stand Strong President Trump don’t give anything else If people want socialist medical they can MOVE not what this country was founded on 🇺🇸👻🇺🇸👻— BDMR2 (@BDMR22) February 5, 2018
That's why we need a president like you. To stop their insanity.— Vishwajeet Pandey (@vijeetgv) February 5, 2018
A nice summation: