During a visit to London Thursday that marked the beginning of an international publicity tour, presidential candidate Mitt Romney publicly commented that he believed Olympic readiness in the British capital was "disconcerting," Reuters said.
"It's hard to know just how well it will turn out," said Romney, whose comments about the state of security in London amid shortfalls by and independent contractor prompted the country's prime minister and the city's mayor to speak out against the American visitor, the BBC said.
David Cameron, the British prime minister, fired back: "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
Romney walked back his comments later in the day after a meeting at 10 Downing St. with Cameron, telling the press "I expect the Games to be highly successful," the Telegraph said.
London Mayor Boris Johnson received a roar of applause from a crown of Londoners when he told those gathered that "there's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we're ready,"said the New York Times. "He wants to know whether we're ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!"