President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE says he’s working to try to bring A$AP Rocky back to the United States following the rapper’s detainment in Sweden.

“We’ll be talking to them — we already started,” Trump told reporters when asked in the Oval Office on Friday about getting the “Brand New Guy” rapper released from Swedish custody.


While he hasn’t been charged with a crime, the New York performer has been held in a Swedish jail since earlier this month, after he was involved in a June street fight in Stockholm that his camp says was started by people harassing him and his entourage. A Swedish court reportedly ruled Friday that he could be held at least another week as prosecutors determined whether to charge him.

"I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country,” Trump said. “When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country because we’re all one,” he added.

The president credited Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE with bringing the 30-year-old entertainer’s case to his attention.

“We’re working with State Department and we hope to get him home soon,” the first lady said.

Multiple reports Thursday said Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoAfghan president vows to take revenge after Islamic State attack on wedding The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong MORE, at the president’s request, was working to have A$AP Rocky — who was born Rakim Mayers — released from solitary confinement, following discussions between Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestA$AP Rocky found guilty of assault, gets no prison time Taylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown released from prison MORE and White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTop immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia MORE.

Kardashian West, who has lobbied the administration on criminal justice issues before, tweeted her thanks for their efforts on Thursday:

On Friday, Trump said that “many, many members of the African American community” contacted him asking him to help resolve the situation. 

Trump later tweeted that he had spoke to Kardashian West's husband, the rapper Kanye WestKanye Omari WestA$AP Rocky found guilty of assault, gets no prison time Lana Del Rey records new song in response to mass shootings Trump tells rapper A$AP Rocky to 'get home ASAP' after release in Sweden MORE, about A&AP Rocky.