‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation
LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule Sunday to a vague remark by President Donald Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country.
During a rally Saturday in Florida, Trump issued a sharp attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists.
“You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
Not the Swedes.
Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday and Swedes were left baffled.
Trump did not state, per se, that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden.
But the context of his remarks suggested that he thought it might have.
“Sweden,” Trump said. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
He then invoked the terrorist attacks that have taken place in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels and Nice, France, last year, to make an argument for tightening scrutiny of travelers and asylum seekers. “We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people,” he said. “There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we’re going to keep our country safe.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, tried to clarify the president’s remarks Sunday, saying Trump did not mean to suggest that a particular attack had happened, but rather was talking about crime in general in Sweden.
周日，白宫发言人萨拉·赫卡比·桑德斯(Sarah Huckabee Sanders)试图澄清总统的言论，称特朗普不是指瑞典曾经发生过某次袭击，而是在谈论其整体的犯罪情况。
Trump offered his own clarification Sunday, writing on Twitter: “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
In that story, Fox News correspondent Tucker Carlson interviewed Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who asserts that migrants in Sweden have been associated with a crime wave. “They often times try to cover up some of these crimes,” Horowitz said, arguing that those who try to tell the truth about the situation are shouted down as racists and xenophobes.
在那个报道中，福克斯新闻频道记者塔克·卡尔森(Tucker Carlson)采访了电影制作人埃米·霍罗威茨(Ami Horowitz)，后者坚称瑞典的移民与一拨犯罪浪潮有关。“他们往往竭力掩盖一些犯罪行为，”霍罗威茨说道，并表示试图讲出事实真相的人会被当作种族主义者和仇外者。