Fox News claims Swedish unknown Nils Bildt is 'national security advisor'

Cheryl Sanders
February 26, 2017

Alas, the person they introduced as a "defense and national security advisor" is known as such only to the Fox News team, as Swedish officials have never heard of the mysterious Nils Bildt.

Bill O'Reilly and Fox News have been lambasted for providing fake news after interviewing a "Swedish Defense and National Security advisor", in relation to Trump's #LastNightInSweden gaffe, who no one had ever heard of. The guests debated whether or not refugees and immigration have influenced crimes rates in the Scandinavian country.

Bildt spoke out about Sweden's crime and "socially deviant activity" during the Bill O'Reilly segment.

"We have no spokesman by that name", Marie Pisäter, of the Defense Ministry, told Dagens Nyheter.

The foreign ministry also told the newspaper that it had no link with Bildt. According to Swedish media, the man, born Nils Trolling, emigrated to the U.S. in 1994, changing his family name to more neutral-sounding Bildt in 2003.

Bildt has himself been convicted of a violent offence in the United States and was given a one-year prison sentence in 2014, according to Dagens Nyheter, which cited documents from Arlington General District Court in Virginia.

Bildt appeared on the Fox News channel on Thursday, where he was interviewed by one of the station's most prominent presenters, Bill O'Reilly. He changed his name in the early 2000s and later opened several security companies in the US.

Bildt, however, disputes serving time in jail.

O'Reilly will apparently address the issue on his show on Monday.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the USA since President Donald Trump invoked "what's happening last night in Sweden" while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally February 18. Great people. I love Sweden.

"Take a look at what happened in Sweden".

Furthermore, a Swedish defense analyst Johan Wiktorin (cited as such in the Swedish news outlet Expressen) refuted any knowledge of a colleague called Nils Bildt. I love Sweden. Great country.

"Sorry for any confusion caused, but needless to say I think that is not really the issue".

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