President Trump Clarifies His Comments on Sweden
President Trump has criticized the policies of European Union on refugee issues and the way European leaders have dealt with refugee crisis. Trump has commented about law and order issues in many regions in Sweden but his comments have been questioned as some of his comments were based on a debunked Fox News report. Fake news has become a major issue and many media houses publish reports without verification of facts. In certain conditions, it is not easy to confirm the facts and media outlets file wrong reports in order to be the first to report an incident.
President Trump has many times criticized policies of European leaders, especially Angela Merkel. Trump signed executive order to ban residents from seven Muslim-dominated countries. His action was opposed by many people across the United States and in many parts of the world. The order was challenged in the court and Trump faced a setback when the court halted the ban. However, Trump administration is still standing behind its plan.
Addressing his supporters in Florida, President Trump said, “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.”
Swedish politician Carl Bildt commented on President Trump’s comments on Twitter. He added that nothing happened in Sweden and he wasn’t sure what President Trump was referring to.
Realizing his mistake, President Trump said, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
There have been reports in many media outlets regarding increase in crime in many regions in Sweden over the last couple of years. Most of these reports haven’t been verified by government records. Reports also suggest that many ‘no-go zones’ have come up in Sweden.
During rally in Florida, President Trump said that his administration has done a lot of work in less than one month he took over his new role. He added that criminals will be deported and they won’t be allowed to return to the United States. He also talked about bringing a better healthcare plan for Americans while criticizing Obamacare as a disaster. His reminded his supporters about his earlier slogan ‘drain the swamp’.
As the number of people using social media has increased in the recent years, the news spread fast on social networks. At times, fake news also make it to smartphones and desktop of many social media users. European leaders have urged Facebook and other online networks to deal with issue of fake news with priority.
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