Trump Tweets an Explanation About His Sweden Comment

It was tied to something the president watched on Fox News
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Trump Tweets an Explanation About His Sweden Comment
President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Melbourne, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

After roughly 24 hours of confusion about what President Trump meant when he referenced an incident in Sweden on Friday night, an answer from the president himself. "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden," he tweeted Sunday evening. The story was likely an interview with documentary maker Ami Horowitz that aired on Fox; Horowitz's latest film examines Sweden's crime rate and whether it's related to the nation's open-door policy toward refugees.

Time reports that shortly before Trump's tweet, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said much the same thing: "He was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, and not referring to a specific incident. I think he was referring to a report he had seen the previous night that spoke specifically to that topic," Sanders said, though she didn't specify Fox News by name. Twitter has been full of jokes on the topic, from those about ABBA to some shade thrown the president's way by Chelsea Clinton. (More President Trump stories.)

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