Trump threatened trade war with Sweden over A$AP Rocky arrest
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Former President Donald Trump threatened to start a trade war with Sweden in 2019 over the arrest of US rapper A$AP Rocky, the Nordic country’s longtime justice minister claimed this week.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter published Thursday, Morgan Johansson said Trump warned “trade restrictions” would be slapped on the country if the rapper — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — was not released. 

Mayers was arrested in July 2019 and held in jail for approximately 33 days after being involved in a fight prior to a scheduled appearance at a Stockholm music festival. Videos published on social media appeared to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Mayers. 

Ultimately, Mayers was found guilty of assault but was spared further jail time. 

Trump quickly came to the rapper’s defense, posting on Twitter that he would “personally vouch” for his bail. 

“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly,” Trump tweeted on July 20, 2019. “Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative.

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A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden in 2019 after being involved in a fight.
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“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”

Following the call, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s office said, “The Prime Minister made sure to point out … the government neither can nor will try to influence the judicial process.”

Not long after, Trump said he was “very disappointed” in Löfven for being unable to act. 

“Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen for being unable to act. Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States,” the 45th president posted. “I watched the tapes of ASAP Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly. #FreeRocky.”

Johansson revealed this week that during the discussions with the White House, Trump revealed he had approached the European Commission for support. 

“This story demonstrates how important it really is to stand up for our legal principles and not to take our democracy for granted,” Johansson said.

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Then-President Trump reportedly threatened a trade war over the rapper’s arrest.
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“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?”

A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

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