Piers Morgan and Ann Coulter in fiery exchange on Good Morning Britain

Right-wing American pundit Ann Coulter was involved in a heated battle of words with host Piers Morgan when she appeared as a guest on today’s episode of Good Morning Britain. Coulter, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, has in recent days has been criticised after cheering Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US. On Twitter, where she has more than 700,000 followers, she described Trump’s anti-Muslim stance as ‘my best birthday gift.’

Appearing via satellite link on Good Morning Britain with hosts Morgan and Susanna Reid, Coulter vigorously defended her views while also suggesting that mentally ill people and criminals should be prevented from entering the US: “Why does our country need them? … Welfare is for Americans.”

Morgan appeared increasingly incensed as the interview progressed, before eventually cutting her off with the suggestion: “Maybe it would be slightly more helpful to deport you Ann Coulter?” Viewers of Twitter were largely supportive of Morgan.