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Trump says "Sweden remark" based on Fox News story

Feb 20, 2017, 3:54 AM EST
U.S. President Donald Trump
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U.S. President Donald Trump, who left Sweden bewildered by apparently referring to a non-existent terror strike in the small Nordic nation, explained on Monday that his remarks were in reference to a Fox News program on Friday night, which covered refugees and crime in Sweden. Trump’s comment came during a rally in Florida on Saturday, while he was enlisting parts of Europe hit by terror attacks.

Surprised and confused by Trump’s comment, the Swedish embassy in Washington asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation, writes The Guardian. Earlier this month, a senior White House aide, Kellyanne Conway, made a similar, incorrect citation to a “Bowling Green massacre,” which actually didn’t happen.

The White House later clarified that the president’s remarks were not related to any specific incident but Sweden’s rising crime in general, notes the BBC. Soon after Trump made a reference to “what’s happening last night in Sweden,” a mocking hashtag #lastnightinSweden began trending on Twitter.