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President Donald Trump speaks on tax reform inside a hangar at the Harrisburg International Airport on October 11, 2017 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
President Donald Trump on Friday erroneously said a brand new report linked an increase in crime in parts of the United Kingdom to the “spread of Radical Islamic terror.”
“Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% amid spread of Radical Islamic terror,'” the president tweeted on Friday morning.
He appeared to tie the report to his efforts to restrict travel into the United States, tweeting, “we must keep America safe!”
Trump tweet: Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not not bad, we must keep America safe!
Trump appears to reference figures for only England along with Wales released by Britain’s Office of National Statistics on Thursday. The office said all “police recorded crime” rose 13 percent from the year ending in June through the previous year.
The report only briefly mentions terrorism along with does not use the term “radical Islamic terror,” which Trump quoted on Twitter. the idea says 35 of 664 recorded homicides from the time period related to terror attacks in London along with Manchester, or about 5 percent. Those attacks also largely contributed to a 59 percent rise from the number of attempted murders, the report said.
However, the government office neither gave a specific analysis of terrorism nor mentioned the idea as a leading factor from the 13 percent overall increase in recorded crimes.
Trump has previously used terrorist attacks from the United States along with Europe as justification for his push to restrict travel through several predominantly Muslim countries.
His efforts hit another snag This kind of week. A federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s latest, broader travel restrictions on eight countries.
A second federal judge in Maryland also blocked parts of the measure.
Trump’s efforts to impose what he has called a “travel ban” has been hampered by his campaign proposal to temporarily stop all Muslims through coming into the U.S.