Two days after infamously referencing a nonexistent terrorist attack in Sweden, President Trump blamed the news media on Twitter.
Trump said on Sunday his Sweden comments were a reference to a Fox News report that tied a spike in Swedish crime to the nation's immigration policies.
Multiple media reports and Swedish officials have questioned the Fox report.
Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017
Here's Trump's tweet.
WATCH | Here's the moment at Trump's rally on Saturday that referenced a nonexistent terror attack in Sweden.
Trump bemused and surprised Swedish officials, including a former prime minister.
Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said the Swedish embassy had asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation. Trump later tweeted that he was referring to the Fox News report.
The Fox News segment, aired Friday, featured filmmaker Ami Horowitz, who said that "Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago" and pinned that on an increase in immigration.
As The Guardian reports, the last major terror attack in Sweden was a suicide bombing in 2010, before the refugee crisis.
Horowitz told The Guardian he was referring to the 2010 attack and an arson in Malmö. ISIS claimed responsibility for that, but Swedish courts said it was not a terrorist attack, and nobody was injured. Horowitz also said crime "is increasingly significantly" in Sweden.
But the 2016 Swedish Crime Survey shows crime rates have changed little in the past decade. Horowitz said rapes had increased in Sweden, and from 2015 to 2016, that is true. But the total was still lower than 2014.
Additionally, Sweden has a much broader definition of rape that covers what might be considered sexual assault in the U.S., according to The Globe and Mail. A Swedish report found immigrants have a higher crime rate than natives, but other research showed that was due to most immigrants being poorer than native-borns.
Trump has declared the news media the "enemy of the American people."