Trump lashes out at Sweden: 'Give A$AP Rocky his freedom'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE on Thursday forcefully objected to Sweden's decision to pursue charges against rapper A$AP Rocky, whose case the president has taken an interest in after it was raised by Kanye WestKanye Omari WestA$AP Rocky's lawyer won't appeal Swedish verdict The evolution of Taylor Swift's political activism Authorities won't appeal verdict in A$AP Rocky case MORE and Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestA$AP Rocky's lawyer won't appeal Swedish verdict The evolution of Taylor Swift's political activism Our justice system must reward success MORE.

The president tweeted that he was "very disappointed" in Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who said over the weekend he would not intervene in the case despite a phone call from Trump.

"Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States," Trump tweeted. "I watched the tapes of A$AP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly! #FreeRocky"

"Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM," Trump said in a subsequent tweet.

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The rapper was charged Thursday with committing an assault causing actual bodily harm during an altercation late last month in Stockholm. 

Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage allegedly assaulted Mustafa Jafari over the course of several minutes in the streets of Stockholm in an incident captured on video, according to The New York Times.

Rocky's lawyers have maintained that he acted in self-defense and that Jafar and another man had been following and harassing the rapper despite repeated requests to stop.

The punishment for the charges could include a fine or up to two years in prison.

The case quickly gained traction in the U.S. after Trump said he learned of it from first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump to ring stock exchange opening bell on Monday On The Money: Fed delivers second rate cut to fend off global risks | Trump says Fed has 'no guts' | House gets deal on continuing resolution | GM faces bipartisan backlash amid strike Washington Monument reopens after three years of repairs MORE and had discussed it with Kanye West.