OSLO (Reuters) – Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they’d be extra welcome to maneuver to america than immigrants from “shithole nations” reminiscent of Haiti or African nations.
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The Nordic nation, one of many richest on the planet by GDP per capita, was final yr named the happiest nation on the planet and is understood for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded partly by massive reserves of oil and pure fuel.
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Trump talked about Norway in derogatory feedback about different nations of migration as U.S. senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration invoice, in line with two sources who requested to not be recognized.
One of many sources who was briefed on the dialog quoted him as saying: “Why do we wish all these individuals from Africa right here? They’re shithole nations … We should always have extra individuals from Norway.”
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In certainly one of a number of Twitter posts on Friday, Trump defended his stance on a bipartisan Senate immigration deal, however denied utilizing the vulgar language ascribed to him.
“On behalf of Norway: Thanks, however no thanks,” tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway’s Conservative Social gathering in a municipality close to Oslo.
Others condemned the U.S. president’s feedback as inappropriate or racist.
“We aren’t coming. Cheers from Norway,” one girl wrote.
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Whereas lots of of 1000’s of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. within the 19th century, simply 502 out of a inhabitants of 5.three million individuals moved there in 2016, down 59 from the earlier yr, in line with Statistics Norway.
“Will there be extra now?” the statistics company requested in a tweet.
Authorities officers, in search of to deflect consideration, turned down an opportunity to remark. “We respectfully decline the chance,” one authorities official mentioned when contacted by Reuters.
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The reference to Norway might have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited the White Home on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for working a commerce deficit with america and for purchasing U.S. army gear.
Christian Christensen, an American professor of journalism at Stockholm College in neighboring Sweden, tweeted:
Earlier than the “shithole” controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg’s go to, “keys to success with Trump is private attraction, a strong commerce deficit with the U.S. and shopping for tons of U.S. army .”
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Solberg, whose workplace additionally declined to touch upon Trump’s remarks, is anticipated to announce quickly an enlargement of her cupboard to incorporate Norway’s Liberal Social gathering, a centrist group that favors robust environmental insurance policies and extra immigration.
“The primary level of order within the new authorities declaration: Norway will nonetheless not be a shithole nation,” tweeted Kjetil Alstadheim, the political editor of monetary day by day Dagens Naeringsliv.