US President Donald Trump claimed in a Florida speech yesterday (Saturday): “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden.” Swedes are requesting an explanation as no such event has been reported.
US President Donald Trump held a special rally in Florida yesterday evening (Saturday) to speak to the public about current issues including the Syrian refugee situation. In his remarks, Trump correlated Syrian refugee immigration to the rise of terrorism in several European countries referencing recent attacks in Germany and a security-related incident “last night in Sweden.” The Swedish public remains perplexed as to Trump’s statement, as no such incident has been reported.
“We’ve got to keep our country safe,” he said. “You look at what’s happening in Germany. 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.”
Trump’s claims were meant to support his recent ban of entry to citizens from several countries into the United States but Sweden did not experience any type of attack or security threat in the last week–nor any refugee-related incidents.
The Swedish Embassy in the US tweeted today, “Unclear to us what President Trump was referring to; have asked US officials for explanation.”
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt also tweeted today, “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.” In addition, a new hashtag on twitter was created to poke fun at the misleading claim with “#PrayforSweden.”
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
One individual tweeted, “Today the victims of the Bowling Green massacre and the terror attack in Atlanta stand by the Swedes,” referencing similar fake stories said to be leaked by Trump’s advisors. Another tweeted in response, “We stand alongside the victims of the attack in Sweden, an event that only occurred in Donald Trump’s dreams.”