Who’d prefer their country to Trump’s U.S.? Norwegians would
The country of 5.2 million people that seldom makes global headlines awoke Friday to the news that Trump wanted to have more immigrants from Norway, rather than Haiti and countries in Africa that he disparaged with a vulgar term.
Henrik Heldahl, a commentator for the political website Amerikansk Politikk, said the sentiment would have been welcomed in Norway had Trump used less coarse language for Haiti and African countries.
Norway also boasts a universal health care system, low unemployment and $1 trillion “rainy day” fund fueled by its offshore oil and gas resources that helps pay for generous pensions and other social welfare programs.
Solberg’s U.S. visit was hailed as a success in Norway where she was praised for raising issues around climate change and international trade.
Christian Tybring Gjedde, the Progress Party’s head of foreign policy, said Trump was stating that “citizens of other countries are not as nice as Norwegians.”