Trump has taken an intense interest in the case, initially at the behest of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, who appealed to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has worked with Kardashian on prison reform issues (follow that?). In what has become an improbable diplomatic dust-up with a longtime international partner nation, Trump has tweeted several times calling for Rocky’s release. He tweeted that he was “disappointed” in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and later insulted the relationship between the United States and the Scandinavian country.
“We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around,” he wrote. “Sweden should focus on its real crime problem! #FreeRocky.”
Rocky’s trial is expected to wrap up Friday.