Two More Dueling Tweets Over Trump's Sweden Comments
Plus, Tucker Carlson weighs in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2017 2:53 PM CST
In this Feb. 17, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks while visiting the Boeing South Carolina facility in North Charleston, SC.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump's Sweden comment continues to make headlines. After Trump on Saturday appeared to reference a recent terror attack in Sweden, leading to much confusion over what he was talking about since the last terror-related incident in the country happened in 2010, the White House has since clarified that Trump was referring, in general, to what he says are rising crime rates in Sweden that may or may not be tied to immigration. Swedish authorities quickly responded that crime rates are falling, not rising, and that they'd be happy to discuss with Trump both the challenges and the successes of their open-door policy on refugees. On Monday, Swedish authorities and Trump were both still tweeting about the situation:

  • Trump's tweet: "Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!"
  • The tweet from former Swedish PM Carl Bildt: "Last year there were app 50% more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida, where Trump spoke the other day, than in all of Sweden. Bad."
The Washington Post says some of the police officers featured in the documentary that Trump may have been referencing, which looks at a possible link between crime and immigration in Sweden, have said their quotes were taken out of context in the film. But on Fox & Friends Monday, Tucker Carlson, whose interview of the filmmaker who made the documentary may have been the Fox News segment Trump saw that started all this, said the president is right to raise questions about immigration policies in Europe. "The president ought to be precise in what he says," Carlson acknowledged, but Europe's immigration policies haven't "worked very well at all. ... So what are the lessons that we should draw from this? ... They can't do it, how are we gonna do it?"

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