DONALD TRUMP was condemned as “divisive” today after he launched a tirade against London’s knife crime to defend the use of guns in the US.
The US president told a pro-gun rally that the British capital has “unbelievably tough gun laws” and it is “getting used to” stabbings.
He likened one London hospital to a “war zone for horrible stabbing wounds” and has “blood all over the floors.”
Speaking at the the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, he said: “Yes, that’s right, they don’t have guns, they have knives. And instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital. They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital.”
Making a stabbing motion with his hand, Mr Trump then said: “Knives, knives, knives.”
He added: “London hasn’t been used to that, they’re getting used to it. It’s pretty tough.”
Stand Up to Trump campaigner Maz Saleem said Mr Trump’s “racist tirade is aimed at dividing us all” and claimed it represented his latest attack on London’s diversity and its Muslim mayor.
She told the Star: “The tragic circumstances of the loss of life of people due to knife crime should not be used to make inflammatory political points.
“In some way it’s incredible he can comment on something he knows nothing about, but perhaps that not surprising given his retweeting of the lies of fascist Britain First.
“This president should not be welcomed in the United Kingdom. But Theresa May — architect of the ‘hostile environment’ and Windrush generation scandal — has invited Trump to London.
“We will have a united mass demonstration of people of all nationalities to hold Theresa and Trump to account.”
Professor Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, added: “There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous.
“Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair.”
Mr Trump also argued during his NRA speech that the Paris terror attack, which left 130 people dead, could have been prevented if more people were armed.
He will make a working visit to Britain on Friday July 13, but details of his trip have not yet been confirmed.
US ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson said Mr Trump would “definitely” be coming to London, despite the warnings of demonstrations.
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