Sunday, February 19, 2017

Donald Trump refers to incident 'last night' in Sweden that didn't happen and blames it on migrants

Donald Trump appears to have blamed migrants for an incident in Sweden that didn't happen.

The President left the Swedish press baffled after name-dropping the country along with places that have experienced terror attacks, such as Brussels and Nice.

The billionaire told a cheering rally in Florida last night that something unspecified had happened "last night", i.e. on Friday.

But journalists have been at a loss to find any specific incident taking place on Friday night.

Sweden's security service told Aftonbladet there was no change to the threat level, and former PM Carl Bildt fumed: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?"

It has since been claimed the President may have been referring to a Fox News feature about Sweden that was screened on Friday night.

The feature contained allegations the Swedish government was trying to cover up a surge in crime including rapes since the refugee crisis. However, this was not a specific incident that look place on Friday night.

(Photo: REUTERS)


Donald Trump made the claim despite railing against the

The passage in Trump's speech - mocked as "fake news" by his critics - came just weeks after Trump aide Kellyanne Conway made up a "Bowling Green massacre" that didn't happen.

It happened despite Trump railing against the press himself in the same speech and raising money to "fight back against the media's deceptions".

Trump told his backers in Florida: "You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.

"Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.

"You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.

(Photo: Getty)

(Photo: Getty)

"We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we’re going to keep our country safe."

The Republican returned to a campaign-style rally just weeks into his Presidency in a move that has raised eyebrows in Washington.

The Washington Post suggested his three visits to Florida since January 20 - including to his ultra-expensive Mar-a-Lago resort - have cost US taxpayers £8m for security, travel and other costs.

At one point the President pulled a delighted fan up on stage (Photo: Getty)

The Presidential jumbo jet Air Force One rolled up to the doors of the aircraft hangar where Trump gave his speech.

That is despite Trump tweeting in 2014: "I say we cannot continue to let Obama fly around on Air Force 1, at a cost of millions of dollars a day, for the purpose of politics & play!"

During the speech Trump pulled a delighted fan who prays to a cardboard cutout of him on stage, declaring: "A star is born".


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