President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his lobbying efforts to secure the release of American rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish custody, saying he was “very disappointed” in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for failing to intervene as the rapper was charged with assault.
”Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers.’‘ Trump tweeted, imploring Löfven to “treat Americans fairly!”
In the latter tweet, Donald Trump was more blunt, he wrote: “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem!”
American rapper, A$AP Rocky was charged with assault on Thursday over a street fight, in a case that has drawn international attention. Rocky says that two men began following him and his entourage while he was in Stockholm for a music festival on the night of June 30, eventually leading to a fight. Footage obtained by TMZ shows the rapper throwing one of the men across the street, but he has released video showing his bodyguard telling the men to quit following them.
Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday that Rocky’s actions still constituted a crime “despite claims of self-defense and provocation,” according to The Associated Press. The AP reports that Rocky and two other members of his entourage who were also arrested and charged would remain in custody until their trials.