In an interview to NBC News, Romney remarked: "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. Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that's something which we only find out once the games actually begin."
The British were obviously upset at this. Prime Minister David Cameron retorted: "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."
Cameron was referring to Salt Lake City which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. At that time, Romney was at the helm there.
After the media highlighted his faux pas, the latter tried to wriggle out of the difficult situation. "My experience with regards to the Olympics is it is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur," Romney said.
"Of course, there will be errors from time to time, but those are all overshadowed by the extraordinary demonstrations of courage, character and determination by the athletes," he added.