A look back at Trump’s strained Twitter relationship with the UK

A look back at Trump’s strained Twitter relationship with the UK

In May, during a speech in Dallas defending gun ownership, Trump offered a grim view of London's knife crime despite tough gun laws in the UK. London hasn't been used to that. But the BBC reported that a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital had recently told the network his fellow doctors have compared the number of young victims hospitalized with knife and gun wounds as similar to an Afghan war zone. In April, Trump criticized the new location of the US Embassy in London after it moved from its long-standing Grosvenor Square site in central London to its new home south of the city. "Bad deal. No thanks," Trump tweeted. "NHS may have challenges but I'm proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage -- where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance," Hunt tweeted at the time. He added that the videos make it clear that Trump is not welcome in Britain for an official visit. Trump tweeted. He later said Trump's state visit to the UK should be called off because his "policies go against everything we stand for."

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(CNN)After months of controversial comments and Twitter spats with British officials, Donald Trump visits the UK this week on his first official trip there as president.

Trump arrived in Belgium for the NATO summit on Tuesday. From Brussels, he’ll head to the UK on Thursday, where he’ll meet Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth before going to Finland on Sunday.

In recent months, the President has bickered with British officials over his tweets and comments, complicating his relationship with one of America’s closest allies.

In May, during a speech in Dallas defending gun ownership, Trump offered a grim view of London’s knife crime despite tough gun laws in the UK. He also compared an unnamed London hospital to a “war zone.”

Trump says London hospital is like 'a war zone' from knife attacks
Trump says London hospital is like ‘a war zone’ from knife attacks

“They don’t have guns. They have knives and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital,” Trump said. “They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital … knives, knives, knives. London hasn’t been used to that. They’re getting used to that. It’s pretty tough.”

It’s unclear what hospital Trump was talking about. But the BBC reported that a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital had recently told the network his fellow doctors have compared the number of young victims hospitalized with knife and gun wounds as similar to an Afghan war zone.

London recorded the highest rate of knife crime per capita of any police force in England and Wales in the year ending March 2017. Last year, London had a total of 116 murders, including at least 80 stabbing victims and 10 gunshot victims, police said.

In April, Trump criticized the new location of the US Embassy in London after it moved from its long-standing Grosvenor Square site in central London to its new home south of the city.

Trump slams 'lousy location' of London embassy, ahead of summer visit
Trump slams ‘lousy location’ of London embassy, ahead of summer visit

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