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Bieber asks Trump to help A$AP Rocky and also 'let those kids out of cages'

Pop star Justin Bieber on Saturday called on President Trump to help bring rapper A$AP Rocky back to the United States after his detainment in Sweden, while urging the president to also "let those kids out of cages."

"I want my friend out.. I appreciate you trying to help him," Bieber tweeted. "But while your [sic] at it @realDonaldTrump can you also let those kids out of cages?" 

While he hasn't been charged with a crime, A$AP Rocky has been held in pre-trial detention in Sweden since earlier this month after he was involved in a street fight in Stockholm. His camp claims his entourage was acting in self-defense after being harassed.

Trump says he's working to try to bring the rapper back to the U.S., tweeting Saturday morning that he's spoken with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to vouch on his behalf, adding that he's gotten assurances the rapper is being treated fairly.

"Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative," Trump tweeted.

In his tweet earlier Saturday mentioning "cages," Bieber alluded to an ongoing controversy surrounding conditions of migrant detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border, where undocumented immigrants have reportedly been held in unsanitary and insufficiently-resourced facilities.

Drawings from migrant kids who were detained at the border show them inside cage-like structures, and a child's health specialist who visited the facilities say children were kept in a "kind of cage-like" processing center and that health providers' "very short-term contributions are no substitute for a high-quality clinical infrastructure."

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