WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to explain why he referred to a security incident in Sweden on Friday, which never happened.
Addressing a rally on Saturday, Trump included Sweden on a list of parts of Europe hits by terrorist attacks.
The president told the crowd that taking in large numbers of refugees had caused problems in many parts of the continent.
Sweden has now asked the US administration for an explanation.
Trump tweeted yesterday that he had been referring to a TV report that had been broadcast on Fox News, but did not say when it aired.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt was among those who mocked Trump’s comment, suggesting that the U.S. president had “been smoking”.
And Twitter was relentless.
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