Sweden Asks US to Clarify Trump’s Comments on Sweden Incident
The Swedish embassy in Washington called on President Trump to clarify his recent comments about a terrorist attack in Sweden.
The Hill reports:
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson told The Associated Press that the government didn’t know of any “terror-linked major incidents.”
Sweden’s security police spokesman Karl Melin also said nothing had occurred that would “cause us to raise” the terror threat level in the country.
During a campaign-style rally Saturday in Florida, the president pointed to incidents in Germany and Sweden in defense of his order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. He specifically referred to what happened “last night” in Sweden.
“When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden!” he said during the rally. “Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
Trump didn’t elaborate on what happened in Sweden, but officials and those on social media are questioning what Trump was referring to.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt also raised questions about what Trump was referring to.
“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” he tweeted.
The Trump administration also faced backlash after Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway referenced the “Bowling Green massacre,” a nonexistent attack, to defend the president’s travel ban. Conway later said she misspoke.
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