President Trump on Friday said to an over-capacity crowd: “look what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump exclaimed. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,” comments which the American media and Swedish officials quickly painted as misinformed.
“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister, wrote on Twitter:
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
The president used imprecise language to refer to the documentary he had seen the night before on the violence in Sweden committed by refugees.
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
The story Trump is talking about is the one below where Tucker Carlson interviews Ami Horowitz, the Director of a documentary on refugee violence in Sweden.
“The government has gone out of its way to cover up some of these problems,” Horowitz answered after Tucker asked if refugee crime statistics were accurate. “There’s been a rash of these rapes [at] these music festivals. And what happens is, they would cover up, as far as they could, who the perpetrators were or even if the rapes had actually occurred.”
Ami makes the point that the crime statistics show “this incredible surge of violence” since Sweden started taking in refugees.
Was Trump wrong as the New York Times and Sweden’s government say or could he have just made his point a bit better?