Washington DC: US President Donald Trump’s ‘foot in mouth’ disease seems to be getting bigger with every passing day. Never in the history of the United States, a President talked as irresponsibly as he.
On Saturday, while speaking at an election style rally, President Donald Trump had referred to a security incident of huge proportion. But amazingly nothing untoward had happened on security front, nor was there any terrorism related incident across Sweden.
Trump, during the rally had said, “look at what’s happening last night in Sweden”. At the time, former real estate czar and US President was talking about the terrorist attacks in Europe.
Over the last more than a week, as the opposition to the Muslim ban grew across the US, Trump said that while he is being criticized by the media, no one is reporting terrorist attacks that are raging across the Europe.
In the meantime, as there was no such incident reported in Sweden on Friday, the country asked the US administration for an explanation.
Later, Donald Trump in a tweet said that had been referring to a news broadcast on Fox News but did not say when. He may have been referring to a Fox News programme on Friday night, which looked at refugees and crime in Sweden. Despite his words “happening last night in Sweden”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said separately that Mr Trump had been talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, not referring to a specific issue.
Meanwhile Donald Trump’s comment drew ridicule from people across the world. Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt was among those who mocked Mr Trump’s comment, suggesting that he had “been smoking”.
In a tweet Carl Bildt tweet said, “Social media users ridiculed the American leader, joking about imaginary situations involving Swedish institutions like the pop group Abba and furniture store Ikea”. Many made reference to the “Bowling Green massacre”, a non-existent attack cited by one of President Trump’s key advisers, Kellyanne Conway, earlier this month.
Sweden is a nation that has given refuge to at least two hundred thousand refugees. Despite such a large influx of refugees, the nation hasn’t faced any terrorist or radicalization problem recently. On Sunday, a librarian was in charge of Sweden’s national twitter account, @Sweden, which is run by a different Swedish resident every week. It fell on her to field countless inquiries about Mr Trump’s remarks. “I was just myself and told the truth,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on Monday. “I am a school librarian as a profession, so I just went out and checked all the main newspapers in Sweden and radio channels, and I just concluded it was not true.”
Later Trump said that his statement was based on a Fox News story. In a tweet he said, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”