A man described on U.S. TV News as a Swedish defense and national security adviser is unknown to authorities in the country, Stockholm says.
The man, named as Nils Bildt, appeared on Fox News last week to defend President Donald Trump’s view that high immigration was leading to mass criminality in Sweden. But government and military sources told the New York Times they had never heard of him.
“We don’t know this guy,” Mikael Abramsson, a spokesman for the Swedish military, told the paper. “We have never heard of him in the Swedish armed forces, and he cannot speak on our behalf.”
Rasmus Eljanskog, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said nobody by this name worked at the ministry.
Magnus Ranstorp, the head of terrorism research at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm, said: “There is no such position in the Swedish hierarchy… and he’s not even on the radar in Swedish security circles. And everyone knows everyone.”
What’s more, Nils Bildt may not even be called Nils Bildt. According to the New York Times Bildt was born Nils Tolling, but Swedish daily Aftonbladet reported he used the name “Bildt,” which is the same as that of former prime minister Carl Bildt, when trying to launch a political career in 2013.
Carl Bildt denied being related to this Nils Bildt, according to the Washington Post.Try Newsweek: Subscription offers