Police at the scene in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Saturday after a man was stabbed to death (Picture: PA)
Donald Trump has once again attacked Sadiq Khan following further bloodshed in the capital.
In the wake of five attacks in less than 24 hours in London, the US president branded the Mayor of London a ‘national disgrace’ and a ‘disaster’ on Twitter.
He said London needs a new mayor ‘ASAP’ as he retweeted a post from right wing commentator Katie Hopkins, which referred to the capital as ‘Khan’s Londonistan’ and ‘Stab-City’. But if the president looked a bit closer to home, he might realise there are more than 50 US cities with a higher murder rate than London.
There were 132 murders in London last year, leaving the capital with a homicide rate of 1.5 per 100,000 residents.
When you compare this with Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans and St Louis, London starts looking a whole lot safer.
In 2017, 205 people were murdered in St Louis, Missouri, which has a population of just 318,000.
That’s like nearly double all of London murders happening in just one of its 32 boroughs. The murder rate in St Louis is 64.9 per 100,000 residents, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association Violent Crimes Survey, which is 43 times higher than London.
In Baltimore the murder rate is 51.1. In New Orleans it is 40.6 and in Detroit it is 39.7. Even in Washington DC, where Trump calls home in the White House, the murder rate is 11 times higher than London.
In response to Trump’s recent outburst, a spokesman for the mayor said: ‘Sadiq is focusing on supporting London’s communities and over-stretched emergency services.
‘He has been in regular touch with senior Met police officers last night and throughout the day.
‘His thoughts are with the victims’ families. He is not going to waste his time responding to this sort of tweet.
’ It’s not the first time Trump has used London’s violence to lash out at the Mayor. He called Khan a ‘stone cold loser’ just minutes before he touched down in the UK for his three day state visit earlier this month.
Trump criticised the London mayor’s height and said he had done a ‘terrible job’ and should ‘focus on crime’.
The president tweeted: ‘@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.
‘He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.’ It was in response to Khan saying the UK should not be rolling out the red carpet for the president, while comparing Trump to a ’20th century fascist’ in an opinion piece for the Observer.