Claim: There was a recent terrorist attack in Sweden by refugees.
On Saturday February 18, 20017, Donald Trump held a campaign style rally in Florida. During the rally, he defended his executive order that halted travel from seven middle eastern countries. He used attacks in Germany and Sweden as examples of why his travel ban was necessary.
When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when 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.
There have been a number of incidents or crime in Europe that involve refugees from the middle east. Recently, Germany has been in the news in regards to crimes committed by refugees. However, according to Swedish authorities, there has not been any recent terrorist attacks in their country. It has been reported that they have asked the Trump administration for clarification on his statement.
There is speculation that the attack to which Trump refers is a bombing in Gothenburg. In that incident, three neo-Nazis were arrested in January after the Gothenburg Asylum became the target of a homemade bomb. Even if this attack was the one to which Trump was referring, it was not the doing of refugees.
While it is possible that Trump could have been mistaken in the country in which an attack happened, there is no evidence that there was a terrorist attack in Sweden by refugees. For this reason, Trump’s claim is false.
In a tweet, Donald Trump clarified that he statement was based on a report on Fox News. The administration further clarified that Trump was not referring to a specific incident but to a general increase in crime that can be attributed to the refugees.
This clarification does not change the rating. In his initial statement, he gave a specific date which does imply a specific incident. It is possible that it was his intention to reference a story on Fox News but that is not what he said.
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