President Trump has once again riled up Britain ahead of his planned July trip there, this time during a speech at the NRA convention on Friday, when he jabbed at London’s recent spate of stabbings.
“Knives, knives, knives, knives,” Trump told a Dallas crowd at the the gun group’s annual gathering, making stabbing motions with his hand.
“I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital right in the middle is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds.
“They don’t have guns. They have knives and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital.”
Trump didn’t name the hospital, but was apparently referring to reports of teen stabbings being treated daily at the Royal London Hospital.
Dr. Martin Griffiths, a surgeon there, tweeted he would be “happy to invite Mr. Trump” to visit his hospital — and learn how London has reduced violent crime. Another surgeon at the hospital noted in a tweet that “gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.”
The head of London’s trauma treatment called it “ridiculous” to suggest that more guns would help against knife violence.
And several current and former British politicians noted the difference in murder rates — 4.88 per 100,000 in the US each year, as opposed to 0.92 per 100,000 in the UK.
Other Brits reacted with sardonic eye rolls to what is just the latest Trump jibe at their country.
“Well, it’s a beautiful day here in Trump’s war zone,” tweeted comedian Robert Webb.
“I’ve been to the shop & didn’t get even mildly stabbed.”
Trump in June irked London by tweeting that Mayor Sadiq Khan was being politically correct in saying “no reason to be alarmed” after 7 died in a terror attack there. Khan’s remark was taken out of context; he was only telling Londoners not to be alarmed by an increased police presence.
Trump later rankled the Brits by insulting their health care system and retweeting a British group’s anti-Muslim videos.
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