Trump Explains Mention of Supposed Swedish Terrorism

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President Trump, after being ridiculed for apparently denouncing a terrorist attack in Sweden that had never happened, said Sunday he was referring to a Fox News report on violence in Sweden allegedly perpetrated by refugees, USA Today reports. “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” the president tweeted. Trump responded after criticism over a Saturday speech in which he listed Sweden along with Germany and Belgium during a discussion of terrorism. “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? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” tweeted former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, a frequent social-media antagonist of the U.S. president. While there have been terrorist attacks in Germany and Brussels, Belgium, Trump’s comments about Sweden were inspired by a Fox News segment on random violence in that country allegedly committed by refugees. The president was “referring to a report he had seen the previous night,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said, adding that “he was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, and not referring to a specific incident.”

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