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Donald Trump Appears to Make Up Sweden Terror Attack

It Sure Sounds Like Trump Just Cited a Sweden Terror Attack That Never Happened

Update:
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.

Original story:
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."

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.

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.

Image Source: Getty / Joe Raedle
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