President Trump said Friday that first lady Melania Trump and several of his African American friends personally appealed to him on the behalf of rapper first reported by TMZ., who has been detained in Sweden for nearly two weeks as police investigate an alleged assault. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have lobbied Mr. Trump to advocate on behalf of A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, as
"Sweden is a great country, they are friends of mine, the leadership," Mr. Trump said of his conversations with Swedish leaders about Rocky's detention. "And we are going to be calling. We will be talking to them. We've already started."
"Many, many members of the African American community have called me, friends of mine, and said, 'could you help?' So I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has a lot of support from the African American community in this country," Mr. Trump continued. "And when I say African American, I can really say from everybody in this country, because we are all one."
The president also heard about Rocky from first lady Melania Trump. "Actually the one who knew about A$AP Rocky was our first lady, right? She was telling me about 'Can you help A$AP Rocky?'" Mr. Trump then asked his wife if she wanted to make a statement.
"Well, we will be working with State Department, and we hope to get him home soon," the first lady said.
Mr. Trump later tweeted Friday afternoon that he had spoken with West about Rocky's situation.
"Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky's incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!" Mr. Trump wrote.
Kardashian West tweeted her gratitude to Mr. Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for intervening on Rocky's behalf Thursday.
"Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free A$AP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated 🙏 [fingers crossed emoji]," Kardashian West wrote.
Kardashian West has ties to the White House thanks to her advocacy regarding criminal justice issues. She was a driving force behind the commutation of Alice Johnson and recently to speak at an event promoting the hiring of prisoners released early under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform law Mr. Trump signed into law in December.
According to TMZ, Kareem Lanier and Pastor Darrell Scott of the White House's Urban Revitalization Coalition also played a role in lobbying the administration to help Rocky.