President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit London on July 13. This trip was delayed a lot: partly as a result of his cold relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May, but also because of the threat of widespread protests by Britons who have overwhelmingly negative views of the American leader.
One would think the president would try to build bridges before the trip, but on Friday, while on his way to the convention of the National Rifle Association in Dallas, Trump said an epidemic of knife crime in London had caused a hospital in the center of the city became “like a war zone”.
“I recently read a story that says that in London, which has incredibly harsh weapons laws, a once prestigious hospital, right in the middle, is like a war zone for horrible puncture wounds,” Trump said in the middle of his 50 minute speech. “Yes, it’s true, they do not have weapons, they have knives and there’s blood on the floor of this hospital instead, they say it’s as bad as a war zone military hospital.”
The president used the growing number of knife attacks in Britain while speaking in support of US arms rights.
“Knives, knives, knives,” Trump added as he made a stabbing motion.
“London is not used to that, they’re getting used to it, quite hard,” Trump said. “We are here today because we recognize a simple fact: the only thing that has always been maintained between the American people and the elimination of our Second Amendment rights has been that conservatives in Congress are willing to fight for those rights. .
Trump’s comments immediately provoked a reaction from Londoners on social media. Jim Pickard, the main political correspondent of the Financial Times, wrote on Twitter that it was “almost like [Trump] wants London to hate him”, while Jeremy Vine, BBC radio presenter, asked: “If everyone with a knife in London exchanged for a gun, would not things be much worse?
Charlie Falconer, lawyer and representative of the leftist Labor Party in the House of Lords, compared Britain’s homicide rate with the US rate. UU He added: “Trump lies about everything.”
“4.88 per 100,000 murdered in the US Per year, 0.92 per 100,000 in the UK Implication The United Kingdom has a homicide rate similar to the US, Except for knives and no weapons, obviously false, “he wrote on Twitter.