Shithole Countries: Norwegians reject Trump’s immigration offer
Norwegians have on Friday rejected a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcomed to the United States than immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti or African nations.
Trump mentioned Norway in his derogatory comments about Haiti and African immigrants as U.S. senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration bill.
“Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway” the US president was quoted to have said.
In a Twitter post on Friday, Trump defended his stance on a bipartisan Senate immigration deal, but denied using the vulgar language ascribed to him.
“The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he said. He also later denied using derogatory language about Haitians.
The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, and was last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas.
Norwegians have responded with a no no, to Trump’s open invitation.
“On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks,” tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway’s Conservative Party in a municipality near Oslo.
“We are not coming. Cheers from Norway,” one woman wrote.
Others condemned the U.S. president’s comments as inappropriate or racist.
The reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to the White House on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying U.S. military equipment.
Christian Christensen, an American professor of journalism at Stockholm University in neighboring Sweden, tweeted:
“Of course people from #Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they’re poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power. #Shithole”