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Former Swedish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump Comment

| by Jordan Smith

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt has criticized a comment made by President Donald Trump in a speech Feb. 18.

Trump referred to the Scandinavian country but was not specific about the incident he alleged had taken place, The Hill reported.

Speculation suggested the president may have been talking about a terrorist attack or crime rates in the country.

"Last year there were app 50% more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida where Trump spoke the other day, than in all of Sweden. Bad," Bildt tweeted, according to The Hill.

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Bildt's tweet was the second on Trump's speech.

"Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," the former prime minister wrote Feb. 19.

Also on Feb. 19, Trump clarified what he had meant when he referred to Sweden in his speech.

"My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on Fox News concerning immigrants & Sweden," Trump tweeted.

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Ami Horowitz, the filmmaker behind the Fox segment, has come in for criticism from some of those he interviewed while in Sweden.

"I don't understand why we are part of the segment," Anders Goranzon, a police officer from Stockholm said, The Local reported. "The interview was about something completely different to what Horowitz and Fox News were talking about. It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn't any focus on migration or immigration."

In contrast to allegations made by Fox, Reuters reported that crime has declined in the country since 2005.

Others said the Fox piece was riddled with inaccuracies, according to The Local.

"We don't stand behind it," Goranzon added. "It shocked us. He has edited the answers. We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism."

The Swedish embassy in the United States also intervened.

"We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies," the embassy tweeted, according to The Local.

The country's foreign ministry has asked for clarification from the White House.

Sources: The Hill, The Local, (2) / Photo credit: Janwikifoto/Wikimedia Commons

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