Olympics: Mitt Romney seeks to play down London 2012 comments
Mitt Romney, the United States presidential candidate, has attempted to sooth cross-Atlantic tensions after questioning whether London could put on a successful Olympics.
“What I have seen shows imagination and forethought and a lot of organisation.
His words contrasted with an interview he gave to US television channel NBC News shortly before arriving in London, in which he played up the teething problems which have beset preparations for 2012, and appeared to suggest that Britons would not get behind the Games.
"Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin," he said.
"It's hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting.
"The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and Customs officials - that obviously is not something which is encouraging."
The remarks were greeted with anger, with many British supporters of the Games taking to Twitter to accuse Mr Romney of being graceless and rude.
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