Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

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

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

"Claiming 'there's blood all over the floors of this hospital.They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital". 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.

In a speech at the National Rifle Convention (NRA), Donald Trump said there was "blood all over the floors" of an unnamed hospital in London.

"There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous", Brohi said.

The US President told a pro-gun rally in Texas that one hospital in the capital is like a "war-zone" because of this year's spate of fatal stabbings.

"The Royal London Hospital has cut the number of our young patients returning after further knife attacks from 45% to 1%".

Dr. Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital and the director of London's major trauma system, also said in a statement Saturday that, while knife violence is a serious issue in London, "to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous".

While 52 people were killed in London in the first 100 days of 2018 and murders rose from 101 to 153 in the year end March 2018, the magnitude of violent crime is well below that of the US. They're getting used to it.

Trump seems to have been referring to comments made last month by Griffiths, who said military colleagues had described their work as being similar to a United Kingdom military base in Afghanistan. Thirty-one of the 47 murders committed in London this year, as of early April, used knives, Reuters reported.

"U.K. knife crime nowhere near your off-the-scale gun deaths", she said.

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

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's just politically convenient, in a speech to the gun rights lobby, to try and make those comparisons and they are totally spurious".

Mr Trump is scheduled to visit the city on July 13 after several stop-starts since his inauguration.

The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said Mr Trump would "definitely" be coming to London, despite the warnings of likely demonstrations. In April, after the statistics comparing London and New York's homicide rates were publicized, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that, "There is never a reason to carry a knife".

During his campaign for the USA presidency in 2015, Mr Trump told MSNBC police were afraid to enter certain parts of London because they were "so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives".

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