France, Britain angered by Trump speech

President Donald Trump gestures to the audience after speaking at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Dallas. Sue Ogrocki AP

President Donald Trump gestures to the audience after speaking at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Dallas. Sue Ogrocki AP

"I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital - right in the middle - is like a war zone for awful stabbing wounds", Trump said about half way through his 50 minute speech.

"France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump's remarks. and calls for the respect of the memory of the victims", it said. "France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated". A stadium, cafes, restaurants and a concert hall were attacked.

"They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns", Trump told the NRA crowd, referring to the 130 killed and hundreds injured in a coordinated attack by Islamic extremists. Boom. Come over here.

Trump also said at the NRA convention that "it would have been a whole different story" if a legally armed vigilante was present during the automatic weapons attack at the Bataclan theater in Paris in November of 2015.

In March, hundreds of thousands of people rallied the streets of the USA capital for the "March for Our Lives", calling for stricter gun control in the country.

He added that the comments " said a lot about what he [Trump] thinks of France and its values".

Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted, "Indecent and incompetent. What more can I say?".

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Dr. Karim Brohi, another Royal London surgeon, said Trump's position makes no sense.

The comments provoked anger in both France and Britain.

Knife crime in Britain rose by 21 per cent last year, according to figures released in September by the Office for National Statistics, which compiles an authoritative survey of crime in England and Wales, and stabbings in London were at their highest level in six years.

Macron - fresh from an upbeat state visit to Washington - has been trying to forge a strong relationship with the United States while tackling Trump over issues including climate change and the Iran nuclear pact.

"They don't have guns". "They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital. knives, knives, knives". Thirty-one of the 47 murders committed in London this year, as of early April, used knives, Reuters reported.

Last month, trauma surgeon Martin Griffiths told the BBC that some of his colleagues had likened the Royal London Hospital in east London where he works to the former British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

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