Donald Trump has claimed a London hospital has “blood all over the floors” amid a wave of knife crime.
It is not the first time the US president has made controversial statements about Britain.
– After retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen, last year, Mr Trump responded to criticism from Theresa May by telling her to focus on “destructive radical
Islamic terrorism” in the UK, rather than on him.
– Following the release of official figures in October last year, showing an
increase in recorded crime, Mr Trump controversially linked the rise with the
“spread of radical Islamic terror”.
The statistics release prompted the US president to tweet: “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ Not good, we must keep America safe!”
His interpretation of the statistics, which included offences ranging
from burglary to fraud, prompted politicians to describe his comments as “inflammatory” and “ignorant”.
– After a bomb partially exploded at Parsons Green in London in September 2017, Mr Trump tweeted: “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!”
The Metropolitan Police said the US president’s comments – which did not
correspond with any information released by the UK authorities – were
“unhelpful” and “pure speculation”.
– After the London Bridge terror attack in June last year, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said people should not be alarmed by visibly increased security on the streets of the capital.
Mr Trump sparked a backlash when he tweeted: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”
A spokesman for Mr Khan said the tweet was “ill-informed” and deliberately
taken out of context.
– In 2015, during his campaign for the presidency, Mr Trump told news organisation MSNBC that police were afraid to enter certain parts of London because of radicalisation.
He said: “We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives. We have to be very smart and very vigilant.”
Then prime minister David Cameron dismissed the view as “wrong”, his official spokeswoman said.