His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has defended the Swedish media after President Trump’s statements about Sweden. He did this in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan on Wednesday. The King and Queen were in the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmö in connection with the official Canadian state visit to Sweden. In the interview, the King said that there is a need for serious media which can handle source criticism.
However, His Majesty explained that it is important for the image of Sweden that the media tells about something other than violence and murder all the time. “It is important to also provide good examples in the media. There are very good development and good research on immigration, which we do not even hear about here in Sweden. At the university college in Malmö, a lot of good research has been created on integration issues,” said the King.
The interview was done after Sweden attracted attention worldwide as a result of US President Donald Trump highlighting Sweden as a negative example of what happens when immigration is huge. Trump appeared to refer to an event that had occurred in Sweden the night before, but it turned out later that the event never occurred. He later claimed that he was talking about a report on Fox News. Swedish media fact-checked the report and found numerous errors and exaggerations.
King Carl XVI Gustaf has previously, indirectly, opposed President Trump. During the climate summit in Paris in 2015, the King was asked what he thought about the many American politicians, including Trump, who believe that there was no climate change and no global warming. His Majesty thought this was absurd and distant to the reality to have that view.