Donald Trump’s comments about London being like a ‘war zone’ have gone down like a lead balloon in the UK.
The US leader made the comments over the weekend in a speech to the National Rifle Association in which he referenced the surge in knife crime in the capital.
He said: ‘They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital. Knives, knives, knives, knives,’ while making a stabbing motion.
Now the Solicitor General Robert Buckland, speaking in the Commons, has mocked the assertion – telling MPs Trump was attempting to ‘channel Sean Connery in The Untouchables’.
The comment came after a question from Tory MP Damian Collins, who asked: ‘Following Donald Trump’s speech to the National Rifle Association, would the Solicitor General agree with me the streets of London would be far more dangerous for communities if criminal and gang members were armed with automatic weapons rather than knives?
‘Would he also agree that longer sentences for knife offenders are important, but we need to do more to understand the underlying causes of knife crime and gang violence?’
Mr Buckland responded: ‘He is absolutely right in addressing the issue about the need to tackle the underlying reasons for knife crime, whether it be gangs or young people in isolation.
‘I think that sort of work is far more valuable than attempts by the President of the United States to channel Sean Connery in The Untouchables.’
In the 1987 Brian De Palma movie, Connery’s character Malone questions the wisdom of bringing ‘a knife to a gunfight’.