US President Donald Trump, speaking to supporters on Saturday, apparently refers to Sweden as the site of a terror incident — the latest example of his administration naming a nonexistent attack.
The Republican was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.
“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,” he said in an energetic stream-of-consciousness speech.
Users on Twitter, Trump’s favorite communication platform, cracked jokes about the apparent miscue using the hashtags #lastnightinSweden and #SwedenIncident.
Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked: “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”
Gunnar Hokmark, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, retweeted a post that said “#lastnightinSweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!”
Hokmark added his own comment: “How could he know?”
Numerous internet wags responded with Ikea-themed tweets. Some posted photos of the impossible-to-understand instructions for assembling Ikea furniture, calling it “Secret Plans for the #SwedenIncident.”
Posts flooded into @sweden, the country’s official Twitter account which is run by a different Swede each week.
This week’s curator, Emma, who describes herself as a school librarian and mother, said the account had received 800 mentions in four hours.
“No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not (been) any terrorist attacks here. At all,” she said.