'Ridiculous': London surgeon fires back at Trump over knife crime comments

A UK-based surgeon has slammed President Trump’s comments about knife-related crime in London while defending the US gun laws.

“I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds,” Trump said while addressing the crowd at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum on Friday. “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. Knives, knives, knives.”

The president appears to be referring to a Daily Mail story.

According to The Guardian, the piece included “comments from Martin Griffiths, a lead trauma surgeon at the Royal London hospital, in Whitechapel, who likened the spate of stabbing victims coming through the doors to scenes in a military hospital.”

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks - Perplexing Power

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence - Ascendant Power

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller - Enduring Power

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer - Enduring Power

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - Enduring Power

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Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron - Ascendant Power

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - Precarious Power

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Corry Bliss, Head of the Congressional Leadership Fund - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus - Enduring Power

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White House Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller - Perplexing Power

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US Defence Minister James Mattis - Enduring Power

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Fox & Friends - Perplexing Power

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer - Surreptitious Power

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Journalist Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for the New York Times - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Justice Anthony Kennedy - Enduring Power

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Billionaire Rebekah Mercer - Ascendant Power

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Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager and a prominent Democratic fundraiser - Ascendant Power

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Rachel Maddow - Enduring Power

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Google Vice President of Public Policy Susan Molinari - Enduring Power

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - Enduring Power

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Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) - Ascendant Power

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - Ascendant Power

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Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Ascendant Power

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon - Precarious Power

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White House personnel director Johnny DeStefano - Ascendant Power

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(Not pictured) Chris Ruddy, C.E.O. of Newsmax - Perplexing Power

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CNN's Jake Tapper - Ascendant Power

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. - Enduring Power

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama - Enduring Power

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo - Precious Power

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Indivisible Founders Leah Greenberg & Ezra Levin - Ascendant Power

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GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover - Enduring Power

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Federalist Society President Leonard A. Leo (right) - Surreptitious Power

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(Not pictured) Wayne Berman, Businessman - Enduring Power

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Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico - Ascendant Power

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump - Enduring Power

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Russian President Vladimir Putin - Enduring Power

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President of EMILY's List Stephanie Schriock - Ascendant Power

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White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino - Perplexing Power

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Pod Save America - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins - Enduring Power

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Jesse Watters host of 'The Five' - Ascendant Power

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Alexander Ovechkin - Surreptitious Power

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. - Enduring Power

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Emerson Collective Founder and President Laurene Powell Jobs - Ascendant Power 

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Managing Director Mickael Damelincourt - Surreptitious Power

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José Andrés, Restaurateur - Enduring Power

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen - Precarious Power

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"The myriad ghosts of Trump's political past" - Perplexing Power

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Trump’s remarks prompted Professor Karim Brohi, the director of London’s major trauma system and also a trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, to issue a response.

“There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous,” Brohi 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.”

Griffiths also reacted to Trump’s comments by suggesting that the US president had misinterpreted his statement.

“Happy to invite Mr Trump to my (prestigious) hospital to meet with our mayor and police commissioner to discuss our successes in violence reduction in London,” Griffiths tweeted

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