President Trump discussed rapper Rocky’s situation on Friday, July 19, in the Oval Office, saying he is trying to free the rapper from a Swedish jail.
Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist, has been in Swedish custody since early this month as Swedish police investigate a fight he was allegedly involved in Stockholm. The Swedish court’s decision Friday extended his incarceration for another week.
A video published on social media showed Rocky and his friends were followed and harassed by a young man before finishing with a vicious fight.
A growing number of lawmakers and celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, have called for their release, amid concerns of inhumane conditions.
“We remain deeply concerned about the detainment of Rakim Mayers, also known as A$AP Rocky, and his two companions David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel. All three of these gentlemen are not only American citizens, they are young men of color,” Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), André Carson (D-Ind.), and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said in a statement, according to the Washington Post.
During the interview, President Trump said, “Many, many members of the African American community have called me, friends of mine, and said, ‘Could you help?’” he also said, Rocky “has tremendous support from the African American community in this country.”
“And when I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country,” the president added. “Because we are all one.”
First Lady Melania Trump who stood by his side said, “We are working with the State Department, and we hope to get him home soon.”
The president later tweeted that he will be calling the prime minister of Sweden to help Rocky and his associates, adding, “so many people would like to see this quickly resolved.”
Rocky’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, told The Associated Press that his client was aware of the president’s comment and “is very thankful for everyone who has reached out to show their support.”
Kim Kardashian West, in her tweet, thanked President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and White House adviser Jared Kushner for their commitment to free the rapper.
Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated 🙏🏼🤞🏼 https://t.co/Ym1Rzo5Z6c
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2019