Swedish police dispute film that influenced Trump remarks
© Getty Images

Two Swedish police officers who are in the film featured in the Fox News clip President Trump referenced in his remarks on Sweden say they were misrepresented by the film.

The two officers, named Anders Göranzon and Jacob Ekström, told Dagens Nyheter, a daily Swedish newspaper, that their comments were selectively edited by filmmaker Ami Horowitz in order to connect the impact of immigrants on crime rates in Sweden.

“It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas,” Göranzon told the paper. “Areas with high crime rates. There wasn’t any focus on migration or immigration.”

“This is bad journalism,” he added.

“It feels like hell,” he continued. “The real questions should be shown along with our answers. We don’t own the rights to the film, but the end of the result is that we don’t want to talk to journalists after this. We can’t trust each other.”

ADVERTISEMENT
The film attempted to connect an uptick in immigration to the country with rising crime rates. Horowitz appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday evening to discuss the film. However, Reuters reported crime rates in Sweden have decreased since 2005 even as hundreds of thousands of immigrants entered the country.

At a campaign-style rally on Saturday, Trump talked about terrible things happening in Germany and in Sweden "last night." The comments sparked questions about what Trump was talking about, since there had not been a terror attack in Sweden. 

Trump later said the comments were referencing the Fox News segment.

The Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., asked the United States to clarify Trump’s statements and later offered to teach Trump about their immigration policies and integration techniques.