As many suspected, President Donald Trump said he was referring to a Swedish film about crime that aired in a Fox News segment — one that's been highly contested.
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
While speaking at a rally in Melbourne, FL, on Feb. 18, President Donald Trump reinforced the need to keep America safe by keeping the "bad, bad people" out. He cited the 2016 terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, and in France as examples of what happens when countries take in foreign migrants. It was his comments about a supposed incident in Sweden, though, that left many people confused.
"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden," Trump said. "Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden," he continued. "They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible."
Trump, discussing terror, seamlessly mentions incident "last night in Sweden".
There was NO "incident" in Sweden last night. pic.twitter.com/XtcC4PRiNU
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 19, 2017
Just to be clear: there was no reported terror attack in Sweden on Friday, Feb. 17. Catarina Axelsson, the foreign ministry spokeswoman of Sweden, told the Associated Press the government didn't know of any "terror-linked major incidents." Axelsson also said the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC has requested clarification of Trump's comments.
People on social media quickly pointed out that Trump may have been referencing a Fox News report that aired the night before his rally that suggested an alleged rise in crime in Sweden is related to the amount of refugees the country took in from Africa and the Middle East.
turns out "what happened last night in Sweden" actually just means "last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden" pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017
Trump's apparent mishap comes after his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, recently made up a fake massacre in Bowling Green, KY, that never happened. As you can imagine, this was great material for Trump opponents, who called out the irony of Trump's obsession with dubbing the media as "fake news," yet he appeared to make a false news claim himself.
What happened in Sweden Friday night? Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators?
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017
So far the Trump administration has referred to three separate terrorist attacks that didn't happen:
— The Resistance (@Resistance_Feed) February 19, 2017
Thank you Donald for informing us of that Sweden terror attack the Media failed to mention... because it just doesn't exist! #swedenincident
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) February 19, 2017
I think Trump was referring to the SHOCKING incident in Sweden when everyone enjoyed an extremely high quality of life and free healthcare.
— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) February 19, 2017
— 〰Robin〰 (@indifferentlmp) February 19, 2017
The Bowling Green Massacre happened again last night in Sweden. How many before we say ENOUGH. SAD. ???
— Victor Laszlo (@IDontGiveATrump) February 19, 2017
— Liora Yukla (@LiogaYukla) February 19, 2017