By: Erikka Chowdhury
What happened in Sweden Friday night? Any thoughts? According to President Donald Trump, there was a massive terrorist attack in Sweden on Friday night. On Saturday, February 18th, President Trump was actively involved in a campaign-style rally in Florida where he remarked, “You look at what’s happening. 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? Sweden? They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible…”
Surprisingly, Sweden is perfectly alright as a nation with not even a trace of terrorist attacks. Trump’s aggressive remark has proven to be wrong and it is undoubtedly just a matter of gross negligence which should not have been committed by a person of high stature and eminence. According to Sewell Chan from The New York Times, Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister tweeted: “Sweden? Terror Attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”
President Trump’s sudden declaration of Sweden’s terrorist attack caught everyone by a surprise and created quite a stir on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. People around the world were constantly questioning Trump’s understanding of the current affairs of the world and where does he really get his information from? As President of the United States of America, President Trump should strive to become more aware of what is going on around the world and have constant fact checks before he delivers political speeches in the future.
After causing such a mind-boggling hullabaloo, President Trump clarified via Twitter on Sunday by writing, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants and Sweden.” Despite crediting Fox News which has not been nationally recognized as a reliable news source, Trump should have been much more knowledgeable about global affairs in general. If he had been more serious about his approach towards such information, social and global uproars could have been prevented.
In addition, the Swedish Embassy in Washington asked the U.S. State Department for a valid explanation for this false information given by Trump. The most affected by this misconstrued remark was Sweden who were completely dumbfounded by the extent of this false alert and from who it was coming from.
The lack of having a full-fledged knowledge about the current affairs of our world as President is something that is always portrayed in a heavily negative context. It also fails to ignite a sense of pride, respect, and glory that we should have for the entire global diaspora. As President, it is very imperative to not get easily misquoted, misconstrued, and misled because rapid upheavals will take place which can take a tumultuous toll on many nations around the world.