Trump Called A London Hospital A ‘War Zone.’ A Surgeon Invited Him To Come See For Himself.

"Happy to invite Mr. Trump to my (prestigious) hospital..."

Following a speech in which President  Donald Trump criticized the amount of knife crime in London, a top trauma surgeon in the city has tweeted an invitation to the President to visit the hospital where he works to evaluate the situation for himself. During a speech Friday, Trump referred to an unnamed hospital in the city as a "war zone" due to a large number of stabbing injuries being regularly treated there. In the time since the comments have been reported, British surgeons and politicians have rejected the claims.

Trump's comments, made while speaking at the NRA's convention in Dallas, are thought to have been a reference to comments made by Martin Griffiths, a lead trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, who equated the number of recent stabbing victims to working in a military hospital. Griffiths, however, was one of many who responded to Trump's remarks and offered an open invitation to him to "discuss our successes in violence reduction in London."

Others, including Member of Parliament and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, were quick to respond to Trump's comments as well. 

Griffiths' initial comments were a response to an increase in the number of children and teenagers who have been seeking treatment for knife and gun wounds at hospitals in the city. In 2017, the Royal London Hospital treated 702 stabbing victims, a record for the hospital. Prof Karim Brohi, a fellow surgeon at the hospital, noted this weekend that the hospital has been working to reduce violence and to cut the number of returning knife violence patients. 

"There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous," he said in a statement. "Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair. We are proud of our world-leading service and to serve the people of London."

Trump is expected to make his first state visit to the U.K. this summer. 

Cover image via Shutterstock /  Joseph Sohm

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