Trump's Non-Existent Terror Attack in Sweden Based on TV Report
U.S. President Donald Trump alluded a non-existent terror attack that supposedly happened in Sweden during a campaign-style rally in Florida. Trump's remarks on Saturday had people question if he may have confused the country with a city in Pakistan called Sehwan.
Thousands of supporters gathered in Melbourne, Florida where Trump spoke about migration in Europe and linked it to terror attacks in Brussels, Nice and Paris. Trump then added Sweden to the list and stated that an attack happened there on Friday. His remarks not only baffled the nation but people from around the world as nothing has happened in Sweden during the recent days.
"We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden," Trump told the supporters. People raised their eyebrows and asked whether Trump had confused Sweden with Sehwan in Pakistan where more than 85 people were killed in a suicide bombing at the Sufi shrine, per the Guardian.
Catarina Axelsson, Sweden's foreign ministry spokeswoman, said the government wasn't aware of any terror-linked major incidents. She furthered the Swedish embassy in Washington contacted the State Department to request for clarification of Trump's remarks. In a tweet posted on Sunday, Trump said his statement regarding terror attacks in Sweden was based on a story that was broadcasted on TV.
Fox News, the U.S. channel cited favorably by Trump, was referring generally to rising crime and not a specific incident in Sweden. Notably, the Scandinavian country's crime rate dropped since 2005 even now as it has housed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from countries like Syria and Iraq, Reuters has learned. A Swedish Foreign Minister responded to Trump's non-existent terror attack saying that democracy and diplomacy require us to respect science, facts and the media.
Trump has had a share of widespread criticisms for making allegations with little or no supporting evidence. An instance was when he said 3 million people voted fraudulently in the U.S. election to which officials remarked its falsity noting that Trump won by a marginal vote in decades.