Trump's lack of understanding of life and policing in London immediately prompted a strong response from the British public and politicians. Some U.K. citizens asked for the tycoon to be banned from entering the country. Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Trump to be barred from Britain.
On Wednesday morning, the petition had over 31,000 signatures. By midday, it had reached 100,000 signatories and could now be considered for a debate in Parliament. A debate, however, could not be triggered in the traditional manner until the U.K. petitions committee next meets, which is not until January.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the comments were "divisive, unhelpful and simply wrong." The U.K.'s finance minister, George Osborne, said Wednesday that Trump's comments flew in the face of the "founding principles of the United States."
"The best way to defeat nonsense like this is to engage in robust democratic debate and make it very clear that his views are not welcome," he said in Parliament.
An additional fast track route for a debate would be if the leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling, scheduled a debate on the topic but a spokesperson for the department told CNBC there were no plans to do so.
Twitter users have also had a field day, coming up with the hashtag #TrumpFacts lampooning his comments by playing on London and British institutions.
London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement reported by British media that: "We would not normally dignify such comments with a response, however on this occasion we think it's important to state to Londoners that Mr Trump could not be more wrong.
"Any candidate for the presidential election in the United States of America is welcome to receive a briefing from the Met Police on the reality of policing London," the police said.