Donald Trump has praised Katie Hopkins after she backed his claims that parts of London have become so radicalised people were scared to go there.
Mr Trump received condemnation from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson after he claimed police officers are "afraid for their lives" due to areas of "radicalisation" in the capital.
The Metropolitan Police then made a rare intervention, telling the Republican frontrunner he "could not be more wrong".
Despite this, Hopkins, who writes for the Mail Online – the largest English language news website in the world – claimed in her column "there is fear among the police and the public".
Lauding Mr Trump for "speaking for millions of Americans" she claims Britain is, in part, ""a radicalised nation and it does nobody any favours to deny the obvious".
Thank you to respected columnist Katie Hopkins of Daily https://t.co/LgtY0qdv9U for her powerful writing on the U.K.'s Muslim problems.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015
After presumably reading her column, Mr Trump thanked Hopkins for her "powerful writing on the UK's Muslim problems".
In addition, he referred to Hopkins, arguably one of the most controversial writers in the UK as a "respected columnist", suggesting he may be unaware of her receiving condemnation from the United Nations when she dehumanised refugees by calling them 'cockroaches'.
Another recent event to suggest she may not be as "respected" as he believes was the mass walkout of students who left an auditorium at Brunel University as soon as she started speaking.
Mr Trump then advised that "politicians of the UK" should read Hopkins' columns.
Mr Trump's tweet has mostly been received with utter bewilderment in the UK, including from Eastenders actor and proud Londoner Danny Dyer.
Is it me or is this geezer completely off his strange looking nut. https://t.co/37KOv7vnC3— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) December 10, 2015
dont know what im more offended by trump calling for ban on muslims or calling katie hopkins a respected columnist— darren ferla (@dferla73) December 10, 2015
Saying the UK has a "massive Muslim problem" is terrible. But "respected columnist Katie Hopkins"? Too far, Trump. https://t.co/D0vERZhyqN— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) December 10, 2015
Would anyone be particularly surprised if Trump and Hopkins turned out to be the same person? https://t.co/RaDgFD4tmR— Ryan Lambie (@ryanlambie) December 10, 2015
Trump is a fan of Katie Hopkins, was only a matter of time— naylor (@_cnaylor) December 10, 2015
Hopkins also criticised those who have signed a "hideously impotent petition" to ban Republican candidate from the UK and expressed the view that she does not "buy into the clear divide between extremist Muslims and peaceful ones" and doesn't see them as "two separate entities".
However, Hopkins' column did dispell Trump's most controversial pledge for a ban on Muslims entering the US by simply saying he wouldn't be able to "even if he wanted to".
Many who read Katie Hopkins’ Sun column, in which she described migrants as “cockroaches” and suggested we turn “gunships” on boats full of refugees fleeing humanitarian disasters to stop them landing in the UK, were left outraged by her comments.
Katie Hopkins inspired the wrath of thousands when she described migrants desperate to reach Britain following humanitarian disasters in their own countries as “feral humans” and suggested the government deploy “gunships” to stop them landing on shore.
Two things have been clear for years: a) Katie Hopkins has cleverly built a popular, personal brand on provocative views that tend to to demonise people she doesn’t like, and get a rise out of people who don’t like her; b) the best way to respond is not to respond at all.
Katie Hopkins is likely rubbing her hands with glee as she faces a Twitter backlash, after she wrote that “coffins” and “bodies floating in water” would not dissuade her from the idea that gunships should be used to deter migrants.