Donald Trump, the President of United States has been the center of another controversy recently. During an Oval Office meeting held for discussion of bipartisan deal, he remarked Haiti, El Salvador, and other African countries as ‘shithole’ countries. This remark flared up an outburst and criticism across the world. In addition to this remark, Trump outlined that the U.S. needs more immigrants from countries such as Norway. It does not take a rocket science to figure out why he said this. His comment came after the meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Soleberg. In the meeting, he praised Norway for its trade ties with the U.S. and purchasing military equipment from the U.S.
Recently, Donald Trump defended himself after the ‘shithole’ controversy and took a stance by outlining that no indecent language was used by him during the meeting. He took Twitter to tell his side of story, in which, he tweeted, “The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
The irresponsible remarks by the President about few countries became a major reason for backlash from Norwegians as well. They overlooked his recommendation for his slur. The Nordic country, which was named as the happiest nation on the planet in 2017, does not seem happy at all with his remarks.
In response to Trump’s invitation, Torbjoern Saetre, a politician of Norway’s Conservative Party in a municipality, tweeted, “On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks.”.
“We are not coming. Cheers from Norway,” tweeted one woman.
Norway, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, condemned Trump’s remarks as racist or inappropriate.
According to Statistics Norway, hundreds of thousands of Norwegians immigrated to United Stated during the 19th century. However, only 502 out of total population of Norway shifted to the U.S. in 2016.
Christian Christensen, an American and a professor of journalism at Stockholm University, 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”
An official from the White House opined that the immigration reform policy of Trump would focus on encouraging immigration from countries which would help the U.S. economically. However, the White House did not acknowledge the Trump’s ‘shithole’ remark, but covered up by outlining Trump would “always fight for the American people.”
Trump’s comment faced a major backlash from Paul G. Altidor, the Haitian ambassador to the U.S. He strongly condemned the Trump’s comments. Mr. Altidor said, “The president was either misinformed or miseducated about Haiti and its people.” He also informed about the apology mails Haitian embassy was receiving from Americans.
When the President of any country makes such remarks about other countries, not only his image but also the country’s image is affected. This has what happened due to his remarks. Norwegians refused to shift in the country even when they were welcomed. It is interesting to see how many countries refuse to immigrate to the U.S.