Did Donald Trump threaten Sweden with trade sanctions over A$AP Rocky’s 2019 arrest?
A$AP Rocky was arrested in July 2019 for a month after he got involved in a brawl prior to his appearance at a Stockholm music festival
Donald Trump famously came to A$AP Rocky’s rescue when the rapper was arrested in Sweden in 2019. The former POTUS went to great lengths to make sure the ‘DMB’ hitmaker doesn’t stay behind the bars. According to a new report, the justice minister of Sweden recently in an interview revealed that Donald Trump threatened trade sanctions between the two nations over the rapper’s arrest.
In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, as reported by the New York Post, Morgan Johansson claimed that Trump warned “trade restrictions” would be slapped on the country if Rocky was not released. For the unversed, A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested in July 2019 for a month after he got involved in a brawl prior to his appearance at a Stockholm music festival.
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Donald Trump’s threat to Sweden
According to TMZ, Johansson reportedly said of Trump's alleged strongarm tactics, “If you can try and do something like this against Sweden, what will you then try and do to slightly weaker countries that don't have the European Union behind them?" At the time of the rapper getting arrested, the 45th President had shared on Twitter that he would “personally vouch” for Rocky’s bail.
According to XXL Magazine, a week after A$AP Rocky’s arrest, Trump in a statement said, “A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden, a great country, and friends of mine and the leadership. And we’re going to be talking to them, we’ve already started. Many members of the African-American community have called me, friends of mine, and said can you help?” He added, “I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country. When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country because we’re all one” concluding, “I have been called by so many people asking me to help A$AP Rocky."
Why was A$AP Rocky arrested in Sweden in 2019?
A$AP Rocky was arrested in Stockholm in 2019 after he and two of his bodyguards reportedly beat up a fan outside a fast-food restaurant. The entire situation got escalated as the incident was caught on video. Sweden's Prime Minister at the time had shot back at Trump saying the latter would not influence the outcome of Rocky's case. Two weeks after the rapper’s arrest, he was charged with assault and held without bond. Rocky finally stepped out of jail after a month of his arrest with Donald Trump’s assistance.