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Trump claims knife crime turns London hospital into war zone

06 May 2018

Like elsewhere in Europe, England has extremely strict gun laws compared to the USA, and Trump suggested that criminals have simply switched to using knives - and in the process, leaving their would-be victims unarmed and unable to defend themselves.

President Donald Trump compared an unnamed London hospital to a "war zone" on Friday, saying despite tough gun laws in the United Kingdom, it has blood all over the floors from victims of knife attacks. A trauma specialist from the Royal London hospital hit back by pointing out that people are twice as likely to die from gunshot wounds as knife injuries.

'Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix.

Despite suggesting he would challenge America's liberal gun ownership rules following a recent shooting at a school in Florida which killed 17, Trump committed to protecting the rights of NRA members during the Texas speech.

Former French President Francois Hollande, who was in office at the time of the attacks, wrote on Twitter that Trump's remarks and gestures were "shameful" and "obscene". "We are proud of our world-leading service and to serve the people of London". They say it's as bad a military war zone hospital.

The president then turned his attention to the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead.

According to the BBC, Trump may have used as inspiration a Radio 4 interview last month with a London trauma surgeon, Martin P. Griffiths, who said he was treating stabbing victims "on a daily basis".

The U.S. president plans a one-day stop in Britain as part of a working visit.

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Pretending to stab someone, the 71-year-old continued: "They say it's as bad as a military warzone hospital".

But according to a figures from US non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive, at least 15,000 people were killed through firearm crime in America during 2017.

"France expresses its firm disapproval of the comments by President Trump about the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and asks for respect of the memory of the victims", foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.

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

In a tweet, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said she could "hardly see how violent crime in London justifies the licensing of guns in the US".

"We had the best site in all of London", Trump said last month, before adding that now, "We have an embassy in a lousy location".

Mr Trump also thanked Kanye West, the rapper, for his public support.

Trump claims knife crime turns London hospital into war zone