New York: Undeterred by his criticism for his proposal to restrict entry of Muslims into the United States, 69-year-old Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has now claimed that more members of the Islamic community living in Britain join ISIS than the British Army.
Hitting back against UK critics of his stand against Islam, Trump has claimed that Britain has “a massive Muslim problem”.
After triggering a fierce debate and growing calls for banning his entry into the UK and Israel, Trump had tweeted on Thursday night that more Muslims joined Islamic State than those who signed up for the British Army.
In Britain, more Muslims join ISIS than join the British army. https://t.co/LQVNz7b2Eb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2015
The 69-year-old billionaire business tycoon also tweeted a link to a magazine article that referred to a claim on UK Muslims made by England’s first Muslim MP.
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, had said in August 2014 that there were about 2,000 British jihadis - a higher number than the Government’s estimate.
And this figure was then compared to Ministry of Defence data showing there were about 600 British Muslims in the Armed Forces at the time - just 0.4% of total personnel.
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