Trump says he'll 'personally vouch' for rapper A$AP Rocky


WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump stated he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “provided to personally vouch for his bail,” a hole supply in a felony justice system that does not embody bail.

Trump tweeted that in “an excellent name” with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he additionally “assured him that A$AP was not a flight threat.” The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged struggle.

Whereas not an possibility in Sweden, bail is frequent in the US. A defendant is allowed to submit an sum of money set by the courtroom to ensure the defendant will seem for trial if she or he is freed pending these proceedings.

Urged on by the primary girl and celebrities together with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had stated in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to attempt to free Rocky, whose actual identify is Rakim Could.

“Our groups will probably be speaking additional, and we agreed to talk once more within the subsequent 48 hours!” Trump wrote Saturday after talking with Lofven.

The prime minister’s press secretary, Toni Eriksson, confirmed hours later that Lofven and Trump had a dialog that “was pleasant and respectful and lasted about 20 minutes.”

Lofven “made sure to emphasise the entire independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts,” Eriksson stated in an announcement. “He underlined that in Sweden everyone seems to be equal earlier than the regulation and that the federal government can not and won’t try to affect the authorized proceedings.”

The 2 leaders could have a follow-up name, “however nothing has been booked or deliberate,” she stated.

Lofven had issued an announcement earlier Saturday saying he could be glad to talk with Trump about A$AP Rocky’s detention however giving the identical warning about his authorities’s unwillingness to intervene.

“I perceive that President Trump has a private curiosity within the case,” the prime minister stated earlier than they spoke. “He has expressed the need for a dialog with me, which is definitely optimistic.”

Rocky has been behind bars whereas Swedish police examine the struggle in Stockholm he allegedly was in earlier than showing at a music competition. Movies revealed on social media seem to indicate an individual being violently thrown onto the bottom by Rocky. A protection lawyer has stated it was self-defense.

Different recording artists have spoken on his behalf, together with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Publish Malone.

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