What did Trump really mean by his Sweden comment?

The president's mention of Sweden along with Germany resulted in Trump critics saying he had mistakenly referred to a terror attack.

That Fox News piece was Tucker Carlson interviewing a conservative filmmaker about the alleged troubles in the country due to a wave of immigration from Muslims. Who would believe this - Sweden! You look at what's happening in Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world.

The Fox News segment presented a picture that's being sharply discredited in Stockholm - that "there was an absolute surge in both gun violence and rape in Sweden since it began its open door policy".

"You look at what's happening in Germany. Take a look at Paris", he went on in his promises to keep America "safe".

But following a furore over his accuracy the US President said yesterday (Sunday) that his comment was based on a television report he had seen.

However, the former Swedish Minister Carl Bildt took a harsher stance on Twitter and wrote, "Sweden?"

Yeah, that whole Sweden attack didn't happen.

Sweden's U.S. embassy also appeared to take a jab at the president on Sunday, retweeting Trump's justification and saying: "We look forward to informing the United States administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies".

At the rally, Trump bolstered the claim that national security must be strengthened using a supposed "security incident" that happened on Friday in Sweden as an example.

"He was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general - not referring to a specific incident", White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, according to NBC News.

Mr Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten USA borders sharply for national security reasons, told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants.

  • Salvatore Jensen