President Donald Trump says he ‘personally vouched’ for A$AP Rocky’s bail in a phone call with Sweden’s Prime Minister on Saturday morning, less than a day after vowing to secure the rapper’s release following a plea from Kanye West.
Trump tweeted that he had enjoyed a productive call with Stefan Löfven, revealing that the pair set to talk again after the weekend about A$AP’s legal woes.
The Grammy Award-winning artist has been incarcerated for over two weeks after he and his entourage got into a street brawl in downtown Stockholm on June 30.
‘Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly,’ Trump's tweet began.
‘Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative....Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours.’
President Donald Trump says he ‘personally vouched’ for A$AP Rocky’s bail in a phone call with Sweden’s Prime Minister, less than a day after vowing to secure the rapper’s release following a plea from Kanye West
Trump tweeted that he had enjoyed a productive call with Stefan Löfven on Saturday morning, with the pair set to talk again after the weekend about A$AP’s legal woes
The announcement comes just hours after Kanye West is said to have called the president through a direct line that he has to the Oval Office, urging Trump to take action
It's claimed that West wanted to get 'personally involved' with A$AP's case but instead sought help from Trump, with whom he’s consistently voiced admiration for publicly.
'Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration,' Trump tweeted on Friday night.
'I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!' he wrote.
Melania Trump also said she would be working with the State Department to try to bring him home.
'We'll be working with the State Department and we hope to get him home soon,' Melania told reporters in the Oval Office while celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
President Trump said that Kanye West (left) called him to ask him if he could help ASAP Rocky (right), who has been detained in Stockholm since July 3, sparking a social media campaign for his release
Trump says that West was one of many African Americans to call him about the hopeful release of A$AP Rocky. The two embraced after meeting in the Oval Office in 2018 when Kanye wore a hat with Trumps 'Make American Great Again' slogan
In a tweet, Trump shared that he had spoken to West about trying to free A$AP Rocky on Friday
It was a rare comment on a diplomatic and political situation from the first lady.
President Donald Trump said he is also trying to help the singer, who has been held for another week by investigators. But added that the first lady was the one who brought Rocky's plight to his attention.
'Many, many members of the African-American community have called me, friends of mine, and said can you help. I personally don't know A&AP Rocky but he has tremendous support from the African-American community in this country,' Trump said.
'When I say African-American, I think I can really say from everyone in this country because we're all one. I have been called by so many people asking me to help A$AP Rocky. Actually the one who knew about A$AP Rocky was our first lady. Right? She was telling me about,' he added.
He said talks have already started with Swedish authorities.
'Sweden is a great country. They are friends of mine. The leadership. And we are going to be calling, we'll be talking to them. We've already started,' the president said.
There were reports Thursday that Kim Kardashian West, who has campaigned for criminal justice reform, contacted the White House over the case.
Kardashian West thanked Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White