Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump defending gun says London knife violence turned hospital into war one

Trump defending gun says London knife violence turned hospital into war one

Donald Trump has defended the epidemic of gun violence in America by comparing a London hospital to a "war zone" because of knife crime.

Trump, addressing the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Dallas, Texas, on, spoke in favour of liberal gun laws and questioned whether vans, trucks and cars, which have been used as weapons by terrorists, should also be banned before turning to knives.

"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 awful stabbing wounds", Trump said on Friday.

"Yes, that's right, they don't have guns, they have knives, and they say there's..." Mr Trump didn't identify the source of the information and didn't provide the name of the hospital.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has decried knife attacks as a "scourge on our communities" - but argued the problem is not unique to London.

Can you imagine what it would be like if they had guns?

Basking in the adoration of 8,000 people packed into a convention centre, Mr Trump called the NRA a "truly great organisation that loves this country" and its members "real patriots".

Trump will make a working visit to the United Kingdom on July 13, but details of his trip have not yet been confirmed. Some of my military colleagues have described their practice here as being similar to Bastion. "Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix".

He added: "Knives, knives, knives" - punctuating each word by miming a stabbing.

"Knives, knives, knives. London hasn't been used to that".

Karim Brohi, the director of London's major trauma system, also denounced Trump's comments, and issued a statement touting the Royal London Hospital's success in reducing the share of young knife attack patients who return with further attack wounds. They're getting used to it.

London has seen 12,980 knife crimes committed in the capital during 2017 which is up 2,452 on the year before.

While Trump didn't indicate which London hospital he was discussing it is believed to have been St Bart's in the east of the city - and the trust has since responded. For example, he and London Mayor Sadiq Khan has always been at odds, especially over Trump's re-tweeting of anti-Muslim propaganda from a British extremist group.

The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said Mr Trump would "definitely" be coming to London, despite the warnings of likely demonstrations.

The lobby supported Mr Trump during his 2016 presidential election, spending more than $11m (£8m) in advertisements for him, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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