Despite calls from President Trump to free rapper A$AP Rocky, the Swedish government has refused to comply.
Trump, who last week urged Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to free A$AP Rocky, fired off tweets on Thursday saying he was “very disappointed” in Lofven and demanding: “Treat Americans fairly!”
Trump added: “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! #FreeRocky.”
A spokesman for the Swedish government said on Friday the government would not get involved in the case.
“Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have been very clear in the dialogue with both the White House and directly with the American president, that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot interfere in legal proceedings,” the spokesman said in a text message.
Trump has said he would personally vouch for Mayers’ bail. Sweden does not have a bail system.
Former prime minister Carl Bildt told the daily Aftonbladet that Lofven was right not to comment further on the case.
“I think it’s right of the government not to go into a mud wrestling match with Trump. That is his element, and should not be Sweden’s,” Bildt said. [Read More]