In one of his latest tweets, Donald Trump said he had talked to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about recently arrested rapper A $ AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail or an alternative," although Sweden does not Use deposit in his court system.
A $ AP Rocky has been arrested on charges of assault while the police are reviewing video footage allegedly showing the rapper knocking somebody to a music festival in Stockholm. Defenders claim the rappers, whose real name is Rakim May, have done so for self-defense.
At the insistence of First Lady Melania Trump and celebrities, Trump said on Twitter on Friday that Rocky's arrest had been brought to his attention and that he was trying to intervene personally in his name.
"Our teams will continue to talk and we have agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!" Trump wrote Saturday after talking to Lofven.
However, it is unclear how Trump could help the rapper. The usual US bail system does not exist in Sweden. And while Lofven confirmed his "friendly and respectful" conversation with Trump through his spokesman, he emphasized during this conversation "the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, the prosecutor's office and the courts".
"He underlined this in Sweden Before the law, everyone is equal, and the government can not and will not try to influence the trial," said Lofven spokesman Toni Eriksson in a statement to the Associated Press unlike Trump's tweet, a follow-up call is not yet officially scheduled.
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