Trump Pursues His Attack on Sweden, With Scant Evidence
LONDON — President Donald Trump escalated his attack on Sweden’s migration policies Monday, doubling down on his suggestion — based on a Fox News report — that refugees in the Scandinavian country were behind a surge in crime and terrorism.
Trump set off consternation and ridicule Saturday when he seemed to falsely imply to an adoring throng at a rally in Florida that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden, which has admitted tens of thousands of refugees in recent years.
On Sunday, as questions swirled, a White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that “he was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, not referring to a specific issue.”
周日，随着质疑扩大，白宫发言人萨拉·赫卡比·桑德斯(Sarah Huckabee Sanders)表示，“他是在整体上谈论犯罪不断增加和最近的一些事件，而不是特指某个问题。”
Trump then said on Twitter that he was referring to a Fox News segment about an American filmmaker who argues that the police in Sweden were covering up a migrant-driven crime wave.
Officials in both countries expressed alarm and dismay Monday at Trump’s remarks. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said the president should get his information from intelligence agencies and not from television. The Swedish Embassy in Washington offered the Trump administration a briefing on its immigration policies. Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Lofven, said he was surprised by Trump’s comments, and noted that Sweden ranks highly on international comparisons of economic competitiveness, human development and income inequality.
周一，两个国家的官员都对特朗普的言论表示担忧与惊愕。宾夕法尼亚州民主党参议员鲍勃·凯西(Bob Casey)表示，总统应该从情报机构获取信息，而非电视。瑞典驻华盛顿大使馆向特朗普政府提供了一份有关其移民政策的简报。瑞典首相斯特凡·勒文(Stefan Lofven)表示，他对特朗普的言论感到吃惊，并指出与国际社会相比较，瑞典在经济竞争力、人的发展与收入不均衡上均排名很高。
“We have challenges, no doubt about that,” he allowed, adding: “We must all take responsibility for using facts correctly and for verifying anything we spread.”
Yet even before the prime minister spoke, Trump pursued his attack. On Twitter, he suggested that the news media was covering up problems related to migration in Sweden.
Statistics in Sweden do not back Trump’s claims. Preliminary data released last month by Sweden’s crime prevention council found no appreciable increase in crimes from 2015, when the country processed a record 163,000 asylum applications, to 2016. The council did note an increase in assaults and rapes last year, but also recorded a drop in thefts, robberies and drug offenses. Officials say they have not seen any evidence for the claim, prevalent in right-wing media like Breitbart and Infowars, that migration has driven a surge in crime.
“The general crime rate in Sweden is below the U.S. national average,” the State Department noted in May 2016.