On Saturday morning (July 20), Trump confirmed he’d spoken to Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and offered to vouch for Rocky’s bail.
“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly,” he tweeted. “Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative.”
Trump added, “Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”
….Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2019
According to the Associated Press, the prime minister’s press secretary, Toni Eriksson, confirmed Löfven and Trump had a conversation that “was friendly and respectful and lasted about 20 minutes.”
Eriksson added in a statement, Löfven “made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts. 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.
Despite Trump’s intervention, Löfven made it clear the A$AP Mob rapper wouldn’t receive any type of special treatment.
“I understand that President Trump has a personal interest in the case,” Löfven said. “He has expressed the desire for a conversation with me, which is certainly positive.”
Rocky has been in jail since July 2 after being arrested for his alleged involvement in an assault. On Friday (July 19), a judge deemed him a “flight risk” and ruled he must remain imprisoned while prosecutors determine whether they will indict him.
They are expected to have a final decision by July 25.