Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump on UK Crime Report: 'We Must Keep America Safe'

Trump on UK Crime Report: 'We Must Keep America Safe'

It is unclear how the President encountered the crime figures, released by the UK's Office for National Statistics on Thursday, as they were not widely covered in the USA media.

Donald Trump can't seem to stop tweeting about terror in the U.K. This time, he weighed in on a dense 33-page statistics document, extrapolated a single crime number and linked it to "radical Islamic terror".

But his latest claim was met with widespread scepticism as well as accusations he was manipulating statistics to stoke fear for his own political ends.

Donald Trump has blamed an uptick in British crime on "radical Islamic terror", causing a backlash as it appeared to misrepresent an official report.

The 294 attempted murders and 35 homicides related to terror attacks are small compared to the 235,000 burglaries, 200,000 harassment cases and 370,000 cases of shoplifting which have no link to terrorism at all. It excluded the 35 people killed in the London and Manchester terrorist attacks, and the 96 Hillsborough deaths in 1989 - a decision reflecting the rarity of the tragic incidents.

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However, the volume rise in homicides on this basis (81) is small in the context of a rise of over 500,000 crimes in the a year ago.

"The Survey remains our best guide to long-term trends for crime as experienced by the population in general".

Whilst crime it remains below the endemic levels seen in the 80s and 90s, Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month warned that the USA was vulnerable to a return of such violence.

"Donald Trump would be better paced looking at issues in his own country such as the huge number of deaths from gun violence which despite repeated atrocities from Sandy Hook to Las Vegas, the US government have failed to take action on", Doughty told the Daily Mail. Not good, we must keep America safe!'

"It is appalling that we have reached the point where inflammatory and ignorant statements from the President of the United States are now seen as normal".

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