AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly blames terror for UK crime jump
LONDON (AP) — An AP Fact Check finds that U.S. President Donald Trump erred by suggesting in an early morning tweet that a 13 percent increase in crime in the United Kingdom is linked to terrorism.
Trump’s tweet says a “just out report” indicates crime in the United Kingdom rose 13 percent amid the spread of what he calls “radical Islamic terror.”
Figures released Thursday do show that police in England and Wales registered 5.2 million criminal offenses in the 12 months through June. That’s a 13 percent increase over the previous year.
But the Office for National Statistics says terror attacks in London and Manchester that killed 35 people account for less than 1/100th of a percent of the total in the report.
The report did not include Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are also part of the UK.