Sweden’s defense ministry as well as their foreign offices are denying that a man who appeared a Fox News segment this week as a “Swedish national defense and security adviser” actually works for their government.
Having appeared on the “O’Reilly Factor”, a primetime program on the network, Nils Bildt said that he believes there is an immigration-driven wave of crimes throughout the nation that political leaders are ignoring.
Swedes were recently stumped by a different incident regarding the US after President Trump suggestion, inaccurately, that Sweden was hit by a terrorist attach earlier in the month.
Trump later responded to the confusion, trying to clarify that he was referring to a general issue with “large scale immigration” to the nation.
He said on Twitter: “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!”
Bildt attempted to make similar claims during his time on the Fox News segment.
“There is a problem with socially deviant activity, there is a problem with crime,” he stated, including that “these things are not being openly and honestly discussed”.
“You cannot have an honest, open debate about immigration in Sweden, because if you do not agree with the liberal, shall we say common agenda, than you are viewed as an outsider or not even taken seriously,” said Bildt.
Confusion in Sweden
The interview encouraged those in Sweden, including national security experts, to immediately attempt to figure out who Bildt actually was.
He later told Swedish publication Dagens Nyheter that he’s an independent analyst based in the US, and Fox News chose him based on his description.
“Sorry for any confusion caused, but needless to say I think that is not really the issue. The issue is Swedish refusal to discuss their social problems and issues,” he said in a posted statement on news website Mediaite, saying his profession is as an independent adviser.