Sweden’s prime minister says he would be glad to speak with US President Donald Trump about rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention.
But Stefan Lofven said he “cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts”.
Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
President Trump tweeted on Friday that he would call Mr Lofven “to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky”.
Rocky has been held in Sweden for weeks as police investigate his alleged involvement in a fight.
First Lady Melania Trump and celebrities including Kanye West urged President Trump to intervene.
The Swedish leader said he was aware President Trump “has a personal interest in the case”.
Mr Lofven called Trump’s desire for a conversation “certainly positive” and said: “I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent.
“In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries.”