Trump Wrongly Links UK Crime Rise to Terrorism

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President Trump erroneously linked a rise in recorded crime in the United Kingdom to the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in his latest outburst on Twitter, The Guardian reports. The president tweeted, “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ not good, we must keep America safe!” The UK Office for National Statistics in its quarterly update on crime statistics on Thursday, reported a 13 percent increase in all police-recorded offenses across England and Wales. The report barely mentions terrorism as having any impact on the data, other than to refer on one occasion to the impact terror attacks had on the murder rate. Thirty-five people were killed in incidents in London and Manchester.

The report did include double-digit increases in certain types of violent crime, such as gun crime, knife crime and sexual offenses. Trump’s concern to “keep America safe” comes at a time when gun control is again on the political agenda after the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual on U.S. soil, the Ls Vegas music festival massacre in which 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured. Trump has exaggerated the impact of so-called radical Islamism on life in Britain. During his presidential campaign, he suggested that police in London feared for their lives because of the significant number of radicalized people in the capital.

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