During a rally in Florida on Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump falsely claimed that Sweden had endured a terrorist attack the previous night.
Following the announcement that the Trump administration plans to continue efforts to restrict immigration, the President looked to cite several European countries and cities that he claimed had been in danger because of the immigrants they had permitted to enter. In particular, Trump focused on the immigration of refugees.
Mr. Trump explained to the crowd,
“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.”
However, Twitter users were quick to point out that no terror attack had taken place in Sweden on Friday night.
Trump's White House has now made up three terrorist attacks to sell their #MuslimBan
1. Bowling Green
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) February 19, 2017
No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not ben any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest. ->
— @sweden / Max (@sweden) February 19, 2017
Other social media users came to the conclusion that the President must’ve been referring to a Fox News segment that looked at crimes that had occurred in Sweden after it chose to permit a large number of refugees to immigrate from the Middle East and Africa.
Just to reiterate: There was NO terror incident in Sweden last night.
But Fox talked about Sweden last night. pic.twitter.com/XtcC4PRiNU
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 19, 2017