Trump Sought To Placate The Kardashians To The Detriment Of US-Sweden Relations
U.S. diplomat David Holmes testified in the impeachment hearings today that he overheard a phone call between President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on July 26, during which the pair discussed rapper A$AP Rocky, a rapper aligned with the Kardashians who had been arrested in Sweden, a member of the European Union.
According to published reports, Trump was willing to harm U.S. relations with Sweden in order to assist this rapper.
A special U.S. presidential envoy warned of "potentially negative consequences" to U.S.-Swedish relations if American rapper A$AP Rocky were not released from prison and allowed to live in a hotel during his trial this week on assault charges in Stockholm, according to media reports.
Trump has sought to align himself with Kanye West for domestic political considerations because he believes West speaks for the nation's African-Americans.
Because of this, Trump leaned on Sondland, the E.U. Ambassador, to ensure A$AP Rocky's release from Sweden. However, Sondland was not positive that he would be able to help.
Sondland had other advice though:
According to testimony, Sondland reportedly told the president that he should let Rocky “get sentenced, [then] play the racism card, and [then] give him a ticker-tape when he comes home.”
Sondland added that despite his failed efforts, Trump could “tell the Kardashians you tried.”