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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 WestCelebrities from Kanye West to Angelina Jolie donate to coronavirus charities Michael Jackson estate donating 0,000 to help people in entertainment industry during coronavirus Selfless acts: How Americans are helping each other through the coronavirus MORE and Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Economy loses 701K jobs in devastating March report FTC sends warnings to Cardi B, other influencers for not disclosing paid ads Alabama prisoner Nathaniel Woods dies by execution 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 urges Americans to wear face coverings in public Trump again tests negative for coronavirus Melania Trump speaks with Canada's first lady following her coronavirus recovery MORE and had discussed it with Kanye West.