Sweden is reportedly unhappy with United States President Donald Trump for a remark he made at the Florida rally on Sunday. ‘The Apprentice’ star who has decried Muslim immigrants as terrorists and went on to actually frame a policy to ban them, said on Sunday that Sweden was having major problems with immigrants.

“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,” said Trump.

However, when the Swedish government got hold of the news, they were left baffled because no such untoward incidences had occurred. Sweden then asked the US State Department to explain what Trump meant.

Caught in a bind again by his constant reference to television, Trump issued a statement (on Twitter) which said, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”

The channel in question, Fox News, normally run shows that heavily lean towards a single narrative. They recently ran a report about alleged migrant-related crime problems in Sweden.

“We are trying to get clarity. We look forward to informing the U.S. administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson from Stockholm.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom then called out Trump on Twitter for this mistake. He said that democracy and diplomacy “require us to respect science, facts and the media.”

First Published | 20 February 2017 9:50 AM
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