Trump upset London with knife crime comments and Paris with terrorism comments
President Trump will visit Britain to meet Prime Minister Theresa May on 13 July for a long-delayed visit. Meanwhile, just last month in Washington, he had warmly welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron.
But despite the outside allure of the warm ties with Britain and France, traditionally two of America's strongest allies, Trump managed to fuel indignation and rage London and Paris this weekend – and he did so with a single speech.
The President had spoken at the National Rifle Association conference in Dallas on Friday about the growing number of knife attacks while speaking in support of gun rights in the United States
"I recently read a story in London which has incredibly tough gun laws, a once very respected hospital ̵
1; right in the middle – like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds, "said Trump in the middle of his 50-minute speech. "Yes, that's right, they do not have weapons, 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."
"Knives, knives, knives "Trump added as he made a stinging motion.
"London is not used to that, they get used to it – pretty hard," said Trump. "We are here today because we recognize a simple fact – the only thing that ever stood between the American people and the removal of our rights of the second amendment was Congressional conservatives who were ready to fight for those rights . "
Trump's comments immediately brought the Londoners a backlash in social media. Charlie Falconer, an attorney and representative of the left-wing Labor Party in the House of Lords, compared Britain's murder rate to the US rate, adding, "Trump is all about."
In the same speech, Trump also commented on the stringent gun laws of France, calling them "the hardest" Weapon laws in the world. Trump then told the NRA audience that like "nobody has weapons in Paris" and that terrorists could take time to kill civilians "one by one" in a November 2015 terrorist attack that left a total of 137 dead.  "Come here. Boom! "He repeated twice, imitating someone firing gunshot wounds with a gun." The survivors said: It only lasted forever, "Trump added, before suggesting that only one person with a weapon could stop the attack. "If a person in this room had been there with a gun," he told the NRA audience in Dallas, which was not allowed to bring rifles to the venue for security reasons, "the terrorists would have been fled or shot." 19659011] Posted on Twitter a French survivor of described the attack as a vulgar message in English in response to the US president, while former French President François Hollande described the comments as "shameful" and "obscene."  Les propos honteux et les simagrées obscènes de Donald Trump en disent long sur cête qué il pennes de la france et de ses valeurs. L & # 39; amitié entre nos d eux peuples offers you the opportunity to enjoy the peace and comfort. Toutes with pensées byt aux victimes du 13 novembre
– François Hollande (@fhollande) 5 May 2018
The French Foreign Ministry published a statement on Saturday in which it expressed its "resolute disapproval" for Trump's remark about the attack and called "for the respect of the memory of the victims". Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to Washington, highlighted a passage in the statement that statistics on arms crime supported France's existing laws.
Trump last visited Paris in July 2017; He will visit London for the first time this summer as President. His visit to Britain was a controversial topic and it is widely believed that he was delayed due to threats of protests.
While the murder rate in the UK is actually much lower than in the United States, fears have recently surfaced in the British capital of a wave of knife attacks that killed some young men. A number of UK outlets reported last month that the murder rate in London had overtaken New York City in February and March of this year – with 31 of the 47 murders in London at this time in 2018 with knives.
The comparison is less illuminating than it seems: New York City has seen a dramatic decline in murders over the last decade, and its murder rate is now at a historic low. A spokeswoman for London mayor Sadiq Khan told Reuters last month while worried about violent crime, "our city remains one of the safest in the world."
It was unclear which London hospital the President was referring to on Friday. In the past, some have questioned the anecdotes he used to tell derogatory stories about European capitals – for example, the identity of his friend "Jim," a wealthy American who apparently does not want to go to Paris because of crime fears. President has talked about it several times, remains a mystery.
Some British journalists suspect that Trump meant an interview with Mark Griffiths, senior surgeon of the Barts Health NHS Trust in London, aired Thursday on the BBC. The interview with Griffiths was then written by the British tabloid Daily Mail and the US website Breitbart.
In his interview, Griffiths suggested that colleagues compared their work with victims of knife and gun crime in the hospital prior experience at Camp Bastion, a former British military base in Afghanistan. "Some of my military colleagues described the practice as similar to Bastion, which is a very worrying comment," Griffiths said.
On Twitter, Griffiths responded to Trump's comments by suggesting that US President failed to do so
In a statement, Karim Brohi, director of London's largest trauma system and trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, said he was hospitalized, of which he spoke visited that his hospital had "reduced the number of our young patients who returned from 45 percent to 1 percent after further knife attacks" and that "gunshot wounds are at least twice as deadly as knife injuries and more difficult to repair"
There was also anger from families affected by knife and gun crime. A woman whose 20-year-old daughter was shot dead in 2003 told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that she was "appalled and offended" by Trump's comments and that he has received a number of them since he made the remarks on Friday had phone calls from other families affected by knife and gun violence who felt the same way.
Trump has family ties with Scotland and has warmly spoken of his hopes of visiting Britain. He was heavily criticized in the British capital for his remarks about London Mayor Khan following a terrorist attack last year and the repatriation of anti-Muslim messages by a far-right activist in the British capital a few months later.
Although Trump has some vocal admirers in the UK, the majority of the country sees him as negative – a poll conducted earlier this year found that only one in ten Britons thought he was a good or a great president and that 67 percent of the country said that was "poor" or "terrible".
And despite his short praise for "big guy" Macron during his speech on Friday, polls from France suggest a similar view of Trump in the country: A poll that was conducted last November found 68 percent of the country said they have a negative view of the US president.
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