- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Asa Romson came under fire Tuesday after she referred to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as “accidents.”

Ms. Romson made the comments on public television Tuesday morning while discussing the resignation of housing minister Mehmet Kaplan, The Daily Mail reported.

“He has been chairman of Young Muslims in tough situations like the September 11th accidents,” Ms. Romson said of Mr. Kaplan.

Critics were quick to point out that the Al-Qaeda led attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, Washington’s Pentagon building and United Airlines Flight 93 were no accidents.

Ms. Romson later clarified her comments in an email sent to The Local.

“Let there be no doubt: the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th 2001 were one of the most vile acts of terror and disastrous violations of the open, free and democratic society in modern history,” she wrote. “The tragedy for the world and the families of the almost 3,000 human beings who perished as a result of the attack cannot be overstated.”

“We refuse to let terror set the agenda. Not then, not now. We must not let extremism cloud our judgement or fall to the low point where immigrants or muslims are collectively blamed as a result of the acts of extremists,” Ms. Romson said.

Her comments came just a day after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mistakenly referred to the 9/11 attacks as “7-Eleven,” getting the figures confused with the name of the popular convenience store chain.

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