Trump repeats NHS hospital 'sea of blood' claim, and states that London ‘has stabbings all over’

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Donald Trump has repeated his claim about NHS hospitals being a 'sea of blood' (Getty)

Donald Trump defended his stance on gun controls this morning by highlighting the recent London violence.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, the President said NHS hospitals were “a sea of blood” because of knife murders - which are at their highest level in England and Wales since records began - in the capital.

He told Piers Morgan: "In London you have stabbings all over.

"I read an article where everybody is being stabbed.

Trump backtracked on the issue of the NHS being part of post-Brexit trade deals (Good Morning Britain)
The President told reporters on Tuesday that the NHS would be part of trade deals (Getty)

"They said your hospital is a sea of blood, all over the floors.”

The comments were first made by Trump at a public event in Texas last year, when he described a London hospital as “a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds”.

He said at the time: "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 horrible stabbing wounds.

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"Yes, that’s right, 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."

Trump used the interview to also backtrack on comments he made about the NHS being part of a post-Brexit trade deal.

Protests took place in London on Tuesday against Trump's state visit (Getty)

Following a backlash from Tory leadership candidates, Labour and trade unions, Trump softened his stance.

He told GMB: "I don't see it being on the table. Somebody asked me a question today and I say everything is up for negotiation, because everything is.

"But I don't see that as being, that something that I would not consider part of trade. That's not trade.”

Trump has arrived in Portsmouth on the final day of his state visit to the UK for a national commemoration ceremony, 75 years after the D-Day landings before heading to Ireland.