As the world collectively scratches its head after President Trump cited a non-existent terror incident in Sweden, he took to Twitter in an attempt to clear things up: he heard it on Fox News.
“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 this Sunday.
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
As many suspected, Trump’s remarks were sparked by a Fox story from host Tucker Carlson about immigration and crime rates.
This Saturday at his Florida rally, Trump referred to what happened “last night” in Sweden.
“When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden!” Trump said during the rally. “Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
According to The Hill, the Swedish Embassy in D.C. and former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt also both questioned Trump’s claims.
We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies. https://t.co/x5G3euOWRh
— Embassy of Sweden US (@SwedeninUSA) February 19, 2017
“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Bildt tweeted.
Soon after Trump’s initial remarks, the hashtag #swedenincident started trending on Twitter:
— MadlyMad (@Madly_Mad) February 19, 2017
Je Suis #swedenincident bc Bowling Green & Atlanta Attack Lives matter when thousands of NJ Muslims dance on 9/11.
Oh, and stop Fake News.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 19, 2017
BREAKING: Trump orders any generals left in the Pentagon to draw up plans to "destroy" the terrorist group Al-Ikea. #SwedenIncident
— Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) February 19, 2017
— Donkey Feed (@Donkey_Feed) February 19, 2017
— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) February 19, 2017