Swedish Embassy Tweets Trump an Offer

It would like to tell him about country's immigration policies
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2017 1:32 AM CST
Updated Feb 20, 2017 6:18 AM CST
Sweden Wants to Tell Trump About Its Immigration Policies
President Donald Trump during a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Melbourne, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC, has offered to let President Trump learn something about their country from somewhere that isn't Fox News. "We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies," the embassy tweeted Sunday after Trump cleared up the confusion around a reference he made to events in Sweden by explaining that he was talking about a story he saw on Fox. Trump is believed to have seen a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight that included Ami Horowitz, whose documentary links rising refugee numbers in Sweden to an alleged rise in crime, the Hill reports.

Swedish authorities, however, say crime rates are falling, not rising, and that contrary to the claims of Horowitz and others who say the refugee intake has been causing chaos, they are not covering anything up and want the facts to be out in the open. "We are quite keen to ensure that the debate and the story about our country is fact-based and nuanced," Henrik Selin, deputy director of the nation-promoting Swedish Institute, tells the New York Times. "We are more than happy to talk about the challenges our country faces as well as the things that are going well." A spokesperson for Sweden's foreign minister declined to comment because "it's hard to say what Trump is talking about." (More President Trump stories.)

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