US President Donald Trump called Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.
Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.
“Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump wrote.
There is no system of bail in Sweden.
Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.
Lofven’s spokesman Toni Eriksson described the 20-minute phone call as “friendly and respectful”.
The prime minister “made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts,” Eriksson said in an emailed 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.”
Follow-up conversations may take place, “but nothing has been booked or planned,” he added.