Yates said that kind of openness on security issues is "something we don't see a lot of in the U.K.," adding, "It's a cultural thing. We make the same mistakes when we go to America."
A senior policy advisor of Romney's wouldn't comment on the British press' reaction, merely saying, "I think we've said all --the governor's said all we're going to say…The governor expressed who he met with today."
And that was all on Day Two of Romney Goes to London.
But things were rough before he even landed in London. The trip is meant to flex Romney's foreign policy credentials, not to mention remind U.S. voters about the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. However, a story in a British newspaper featuring damning quotes from two anonymous advisors to the candidate dominated headlines in both England and the U.S.
"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special," a Romney adviser told The Telegraph. "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."
Those remarks prompted Telegraph reporter John Swaine to note they could be read as racially insensitive, given the president's mixed African and European heritage.
"Obama is a left-winger. He doesn't value the NATO alliance as much. He's very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don't mean as much to him. He wouldn't like singing [British hymn] 'Land of Hope and Glory,'" another adviser told the paper.
In the interview with NBC, Romney disavowed the comments, saying he doesn't agree with them.
Scrutiny of the candidate won't end once he leaves British soil. Romney is visiting Israel on Sunday, which happens to be the Jewish holiday of Tish B'av, a day of mourning. It's the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and a sensitive day to visit Jerusalem.
A donor traveling with Romney who helped plan the trip to Israel says Romney is "very sensitive" to the day, but after this tough start to his trip both the American and Israeli press will be watching very closely.
Emily Friedman reported from London and Shushannah Walshe wrote from New York