Surgeons dismiss Trump's London knife crime claims as 'ridiculous'

Irene MckinneyMay 06, 2018

At the NRA convention Friday in Dallas, Trump said Britain has tough gun laws but that one London hospital is awash with blood because of knife wounds.

If anyone had any hope that President Trump would adopt a more conciliatory stance towards Britain before his visit in July, it was dashed on Friday, when he appeared before a National Rifle Association conference in Dallas and took a jab at London's crime rate.

France is sternly rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's argument that if Parisians had more guns they could have stopped the deadly 2015 extremist attacks on the French capital.

"They say it's as bad as a military war-zone hospital", Mr Trump told the United States pro-gun rights group.

Griffiths' initial comments were a response to an increase in the number of children and teenagers who have been seeking treatment for knife and gun wounds at hospitals in the city. Jim Pickard, the chief political correspondent for the Financial Times wrote on Twitter that it was "almost like [Trump] wants London to detest him", while BBC radio host Jeremy Vine asked: "If everyone with a knife in London swapped it for a gun, wouldn't things be much worse?"

Knife crime in London has claimed 38 lives so far this year as the city saw a spike in stabbings, according to Scotland Yard.

"Trump lies on everything", former British justice secretary Charlie Falconer said before contrasting the nations' murder rates.

On Twitter, Griffiths responded to Trump's comments by suggesting that the USA president had missed the point and extending an invitation to visit his hospital. New York City's rate was almost three times higher.

It's unclear what hospital Trump was referring to.

Trump has criticized London's Metropolitan Police and Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, on several occasions.

He added that some of his military colleagues had described their practice at the institution as similar to that of a military camp in Afghanistan.

The director of London's major trauma system, Dr. Karim Brohi, said in a statement that knife violence is indeed "a serious issue for London".

"They don't have guns. Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix", Brohi said in the statement on Saturday.

Trauma surgeons in London, meanwhile, said Trump had missed the point after, in the same speech, he linked knife crime there to an absence of guns. He has faced widespread criticism in the British capital for comments he made about Khan, the London mayor, in the aftermath of a terrorist attack previous year and for retweeting anti-Muslim messages from a far-right activist a few months later. He offered to invite Trump to "my (prestigious) hospital" to meet with London's police commissioner and mayor to discuss the city's success in reducing violence. He also said such comments hurt relations between the countries.

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