This weekend the media was awash with stories suggesting that President Donald Trump claimed that a terrorist attack had recently occurred in Sweden during his speech at Saturday's rally in Melbourne, Florida.
Left-wing outlets ran numerous headlines and reports about Trump's statement, and the story was even a top trending item on Facebook:
So did the President simply make up a terrorist attack in Sweden out of thin air as the media has suggested?
Here's what Trump actually said at Saturday's rally:
Here's the bottom line. We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening in Brussels. You look at what's happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris. We've allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet these people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we're going to keep our country safe.
Nowhere did the president reference a terrorist attack attack in Sweden.
President Trump clarified his statement on Sunday:
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
The truth is that Sweden's open-door immigration and refugee policy has resulted in negative consequences for the Scandinavian nation--including a surge in violent crime--which President Trump acknowledged on Monday:
Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017