Trump: I’ll ‘vouch’ for rapper’s bail
BERLIN ( AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail,” a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn’t include bail.
Trump tweeted that during “a very good call” with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven he “assured him A$AP was not a flight risk.” The Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged fight.
Bail, which is common in the United States, is not an option in Sweden.
Urged on by the first lady, including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president tweeted Friday that he would intervene to try to free Rocky, whose real name is Rakim May.
“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!” Trump tweeted after speaking with Lofven.
Lofven “made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts,” his press secretary, Toni Eriksson,said in a statement. “He underlined that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings.”
The two leaders may have a follow-up call, “but nothing has been booked or planned,” she said.
Lofven said earlier Saturday saying he would be glad to speak with Trump about A$AP Rocky’s detention but giving the same warning about his government’s unwillingness to interfere.
“I understand President Trump has a personal interest in the case,” the prime minister said before they spoke. “He has expressed the desire for a conversation, which is certainly positive.”
Rocky has been behind bars while Swedish police investigate the fight in Stockholm he allegedly was in before appearing at a music festival. Videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A defense lawyer has said it was self-defense.
American rapper A$AP Rocky, whose name is Rakim Mayers, was ordered held by a Swedish court on July 5 for two weeks in pre-trial detention while police investigate a fight on Sunday in central Stockholm.