President Donald Trump commented during his Florida rally on Saturday about an immigration related terrorist attack in Sweden, let me quote:
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
The comment was made as President Trump was defending the travel ban exec-order during his campaign style rally, as he was pointing to the numerous migrant-related terrorist attacks and the huge raise in criminality which occurred in Germany and Sweden in the last couple of years.
The President did not offer specific details about the alleged incident, but after he was trolled by social media users over the “Sweden incident”, he elaborated later on Sunday, saying that the respective comment was based on a Fox News report he had seen previously.
According to the media, Sweden’s “baffled” government asked the United States State Department to explain the President’s comment, as no such incident actually took place in Sweden on Friday night.
President Trump tweeted earlier on Sunday:
“My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,”
Fox News ran a news story on Friday describing Sweden’s huge problems with migrant related crimes. The White House spokesman explained on Sunday that Donald Trump was talking in broad terms about the huge rise in criminality in the countries which accepted large numbers of refugees and not about a particular incident.
Even if Trump’s statement was mocked by former Swedish officials on Twitter, Sweden really has a big problem with its mostly Muslim immigrants, even if they’re not admitting it.
It’s also interesting how Caterina Axelson, the Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman described the situation, saying that the Government is not aware of any “terror linked major incidents”.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2016