‘Thanks, but no thanks’ – Norwegians reject Trump’s immigration offer

U.S. President Trump holds joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg at the White House in Washington
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

January 12, 2018

(Note: Strong language in paragraphs 1,4, 15 & 18)

By Terje Solsvik and Camilla Knudsen

OSLO (Reuters) – Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti or African nations.

The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, 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.

Trump mentioned Norway in derogatory comments about other countries of migration as U.S. senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration bill, according to two sources who asked not to be identified.

One of the sources who was briefed on the conversation quoted him as saying: “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway.”

In one of several Twitter posts 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.

“On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks,” tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway’s Conservative Party in a municipality near Oslo.

Others condemned the U.S. president’s comments as inappropriate or racist.

“We are not coming. Cheers from Norway,” one woman wrote.

While hundreds of thousands of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, just 502 out of a population of 5.3 million people moved there in 2016, down 59 from the previous year, according to Statistics Norway.

“Will there be more now?” the statistics agency asked in a tweet.

Government officials, seeking to deflect attention, turned down a chance to comment. “We respectfully decline the opportunity,” one government official said when contacted by Reuters.

The reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited 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”

Before the “shithole” controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg’s visit, “keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the U.S. and buying tons of U.S. military hardware.”

Solberg, whose office also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway’s Liberal Party, a centrist group that favors strong environmental policies and more immigration.

“The first point of order in the new government declaration: Norway will still not be a shithole country,” tweeted Kjetil Alstadheim, the political editor of financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

(Additional reporting by Henrik Stolen and Alister Doyle; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

  • pefleming12

    President Trump was just being nice. We don’t need the people from Norway. Let them stay in their own country. We certainly don’t need them here.

  • Fergus

    Unfortunately the super HIGH income taxes in Norway and Sweden make moving to American very attractive.

    I understand the tax rates in those countries are often more then 70% of a citizens total income.

  • Fergus

    Unfortunately the super HIGH income taxes in Norway and Sweden make moving to American very attractive.

    I understand the tax rates in those countries are often more then 70% of a citizens total income.

  • Scott

    Why will Norway not let just anyone move to their country and they provide them with all the benefits. You cannot say the President said anything wrong for its all hear say by Democrats and they lie for political propaganda advantages. These Democrats are liars they have history of lying and NOW you trust them its all fake story by Democrats. Unless you have tape of what he said and you hear it not Repeated by Democrats do not trust the media they lie. Take the NYT they have how many retractions about the President the most in their history why they are Democrat and Political for they are bias.

    This is fake outrage for they young people in college for feelings over real reality and their best interest for President wants them to do will but Democrats represent illegals more then citizens that why they want to destroy this country under the Constitution that why Democrats stop teaching the Constitution in school and what it is and means. Its to hard for Democrats to understand. Democrat like Marxist ideas so do lawyers for they become rich and powerful under Marxist ideas. You do not hear lawyers complain under Marxist why they write the laws and regulations both for do will under Marxist ideas of law.

  • Shmacks Adventure

    Yep one thing Goths and Vikings are famous for are their Happy go lucky demeanors.. enjoy freezing weather gray skies and endless cold winds blowing in filling your Gvt owned houses and minimal welfare wages to scrape by.. Employed citizens=new form of slavery…

  • Shmacks Adventure

    Boycott oil from Norway. Get rid of the deserts deemed as National Parks in the US pump our own oil and enjoy the same perks as Norway and sounds like they asked the most liberal politicians in Norway for a response.. Go Minnesota Vikings!!!

  • Arcanumone

    Norway is insignificant.

  • Mark Steiner

    “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” Norway: You just stated Trump’s case as to WHY he doesn’t want in the usa anymore of the kind of people who do have you shot with their criminal activity and whatever that you just listed above. Thank you for supporting Trump’s case by stating it exactly!!

  • SpeakClearly

    Let Norwegians stay in thier own country, we will help with your immigration quota, which port do you want all the Salvadoran and Mexicans we deport.

  • Dell Wilber

    Yeah, I’m not a big fan of letting Norway’s Muslim hoards over here, either…

    • Mark Steiner

      Exactly! You should hear that girl from Sweden on youtube describing how much of a sh**hole Sweden is becoming with all the muslim immigration there.

  • Spud51

    They seemed to have it all figured out, up to the statement about tighter environmental controls, and more immigration; hopefully they won’t make the same mistake that their neighbor Sweden made.!!!

  • tully bascomb

    And what will they say when the oil runs dry.

  • fidgets

    Yeah I didn’t understand him making that offer. Why bring more socialists here? Especially ones who seem to love high taxes without their country’s problems being solved. It’s not some paradise- it’s socialism

  • shovel ready

    was in Norway lots of alcoholics on the gov nipple. wasn’t impressed with the people, scenery was very nice

  • Joe Nobama

    We need some new Sven, Lena and Ole material.

  • Donald York

    Well, it’s true, we do have one Kenyan here from that s$$thole country that we wish would go back home .

    • Mark Steiner

      Yes, but it’s hard to get that A**Hole out of his Hawaiian mansion so he could go back to that s$$thole country of his.

      • Huks

        We could burn him out. Just a thought.

  • keith howard

    LOL, sure they wont! When the muslims are done with Norway they will be fleeing for their lives and begging to come to a sane safe nation such as ours. Same with Sweden, France, Germany. All of Europe that have allowed the Invaders to overrun their countries.

  • CincyGal

    Being of Norwegian descent myself, I would like to second Trump’s call for more Norwegians! However, Norwegians have become rich over North Sea oil, so they’re not looking to go anywhere. As for all the critics of Trump’s comments, I wonder how many vacation in Haiti?

  • Paul

    They just cannot get over the fact that over half of America agrees with Donald Trump.

  • NarrowPath

    Don’t worry. Norway will be conquered in the next two decades. Low child birth by the indigenous population and exploding immigration will permanently change the culture and society forever. The question is will they survive without strife under Sharia.

    • Mark Steiner

      they probably would not survive under Sharia given the fact from the other post in this forum of Norwegians being somewhat alcoholics. Under Sharia law, the penalty for drinking alcohol is 10 lashes per day for 30 days. The Norwegians would not survive that.

  • Swampdrainer

    Re-introduce the quota system and give Norway a 0% quota.

  • pb2

    We don’t need immigrants from ANY socialist country. They would likely vote with the left.

  • Vera Orsova

    I wonder how many Norwegians were actually asked this question. Government officials are not known for representing their citizens, so, I would take the Norway rejection with a huge grain of salt.

  • Chas Dan

    No…we don’t want people coming here who want a big tax Nanny State that is hostile to Christianity but accommodating to Islam.

  • John Dallas Simmons

    to hell with the Norwegians

    • DCBlueBlood

      Nah they say to Hell with America – We’re the happiest country in the World!

      • Deplorable_CBB

        Ignorance is bliss.

        • DCBlueBlood

          They don’t want our culture – you Rednecks have got it backasswads – they use their wealth to benefit all and prop up their society – while you think beer and independence makes others jealous. Your brainwashed and just mediocre by their standards. Your just a peon.

          • Deplorable_CBB

            Gosh – I type three words, and you know me better than I know myself. Interesting.

  • J Klondike

    why is oan posting these biased hateful propaganda pieces!

    • DCBlueBlood

      They report the NEWS. This is newsworthy. Trump being a racist is now out all over the Entire Globe.

      The Neo-Nazi are extremely happy today … Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists are celebrating President Trump’s reported comments referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as “shithole countries,” according to statements collected by The New York Times on Friday

      White supremacist Richard Spencer, an organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, lambasted conservatives defending the president on Fox News for pretending the remark was not racial in nature.

      “It’s obviously all about race, and to their credit, liberals point out the obvious,” he told The Times.

      The Daily Stormer, the largest neo-Nazi website online, welcomed Trump’s reported remark, saying it was evidence he was “more or less on the same page with us.”

      “This is encouraging and refreshing, as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration,” the site said.

      …. who’s hateful again? Seems Pres. Trump is getting whacked by his own party and this is not Propaganda. Only suckers still suck Trumps … well you know.

      .

      • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

        Wow, you really know your way around cuttin’ and pastin’…
        We all are really impressed….
        *Burrrp! *

        • DCBlueBlood

          You like it GOOD!

          It’s Time to Censure Trump for ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ of a President

          There is a way to punish President Trump for his ignorant, racist words without resorting to impeachment. He should be censured by Congress.

    • All American

      Reuters AP contract I think 🤔

  • ray stagger

    Even if I believed the ‘source’s’ quote … he was speaking about the governments of those countries .. not the people. So while Trump may or may not have used the description .. I do not hesitate to say that there are crap hole countries .. and I fully understand what Trump meant by that (if it is true he said it).

    • Tyrone Jackson

      Excellent point – from a business person’s stand point, if he said what the left is claiming, it was to a make a point and not a politically correct statement.

  • Caddolakeguy

    You effing Norwegians (I’m of Norwegian descent) can just stay there with your muslim buddies.
    We actually don’t want you here in the US.

  • That Texas Guy!

    Norway might not have a lot of crime or poverty, but it a s@#thole country because it regulates and taxes everyone and everything. However, if they keep allowing more Muslims into their nation, they will turn into a full fledged one very soon.

  • Slowpoke the Cruiser

    I guess their command of English is limited to nouns & pronouns – it was not an invitation to abandon their country – I am thinking they just selectively failed to understand how the word “like” fit into the sentence.

  • MisterGoldiloxx

    Is there video and or audio of Trump saying this? If not, then name the sources or stop reporting this as fact.

    That said, even if Trump said what you claim, and you can’t prove it, Haiti is a craphole and I can prove it. Bill and Hillary Clinton stole $10 billion intended to rebuild Haiti. On top of that Haitians all want to come here, AND no leftists are leaving here to live in Haiti. There is all the proof you need that that statement is accurate. You leftists lost the election. Get over it.

  • Living in the Times

    “The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita,
    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”

    Will someone please explain to me how cradle to grave welfare is a GOOD thing????? Does this mean that the people there get lifelong handouts??? No wonder they are the happiest nation on the planet!

    • Chas Dan

      Another thing they WON’T tell you is high use of ANTIDEPRESSANTS in Scandinavian countries, as well as a cultural prohibition against complaining, which explains the “happiness”. There’s also a suicide rate that – while sometimes falsely exaggerated anecdotally – is significant for being so gosh darn “happy”!

  • Localdude

    some Norweigians just cant take a compliment.

  • Dylan Davis

    Can we reroute the s-hole economic “refugees” to Norway then?

    • All American

      Yes.
      The Scandinavians have a “Social Democracy” which is a government system whose aim is to promote the public welfare through “heavy taxation” and “spending”, within the framework of a capitalist economy.

  • DrMitoFit

    OAN removed my comment even though I hyphenated and did not spell out the bad word. The article spells it out multiple times for children to see.

  • Thinktwice

    “Thanks, but no thanks” – by now – of course…. but just be patient:
    “Solberg, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway’s Liberal Party, a centrist group that favors more immigration..”

    This is the key!

    The “cradle-to-grave welfare state” and “more immigration” is a deadly combination

    When the mass of the refugees will reach the critical point, our Norway will become as safe as Iraq
    The third world country, because oil and as will not help
    Eventually our proud Vikings will be in search of ” the better school district” if you know what I mean
    (see 19th century scenario)

    P.S. “Isn’t it good Norwegian wood?”

  • akafett

    “… last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state”
    What they fail to tell you is that less than 5% of the people in Norway personally own a car or house; everything is government owned.

    • timoneten

      You can’t afford to buy anything, 25% VAT tax, 55% personal income tax, 28-75% corporate tax. The only thing you can have is what the government gives you.

    • fidgets

      Who, exactly named them the happiest country? More leftist media?

      • akafett

        They named themselves the happiest nation.

  • mos effed

    Please, Mr. President don’t invite people from scumbag liberal Europe to live in America. We have enough dimwitted liberals living here as it is.

  • nfcapitalist

    Norway can join the club… when did America depend on Norway?

  • Tyrone Jackson

    Trump did not get elected because he is politically correct – just the opposite.

  • Tyrone Jackson

    “… last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state”
    .
    Sure, left-wing socialists college professors survey countries with questions designed to drawn their pre-determined conclusion of how “wonderful” it is to live with the government dictating your entire “1984” life.
    .
    What a joke, other than millionaire and owner of three private homes, Bernie Sanders – who would believe these results?
    .

    • nfcapitalist

      Maybe America’s leftist could all move to Norway?

      I do mean — all of them!

  • Linda Griffin

    That proves what Trump said. If those countries he mentioned weren’t what he supposedly said, then they wouldn’t want to come here either.

    • nfcapitalist

      … and we would want to go there… proof!

    • Tyrone Jackson

      None of the countries he mentioned are on my top 10 list to relocate to, vacation at or retire to.
      But, maybe that’s me being deplorable and not wanting to subject my family to those conditions.

  • C B

    We don’t want the Hog’s here anyway ……………..

  • Rupert

    “Solberg, whose office also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway’s Liberal Party, a centrist group that favors strong environmental policies and more immigration.”

    More immigration. Yes that’s the ticket. Get rid of those borders too. Can’t have those pesky borders holding up the de-whitening of Norway now can we?

  • No Mas

    Norway has turned to softenista communist love fest while the oil is pumping… as soon as the oil wells dry up, Norway will be in a new HELL never imagined!!!
    Ashamed of that Viking transformation !!!!!!

  • Legion

    Another leftist written SJW article from (Reuters) .. waste of time.

  • nfcapitalist

    If they aren’t xxxx xxxx countries why are people fleeing from them and not moving their families lock stock and barrel to them?

    • No Mas

      Change the rules!!!! Americans should be entitled to 5 acres of choice real estate of the home country of every migrant from that country.
      When will the madness end???

    • Tyrone Jackson

      Remember, folks can’t handle the truth

      • nfcapitalist

        I keep forgetting… the obvious seems so easy to understand but….?

  • Ja Ja

    Where is russian collusion in this story……..that one must be running out of steam!

    • fidgets

      Like global warming to climate change – Mueller is now trying to investigate Trump’s finances to get him on money laundering. Sigh – Mueller is a waste of American money and has gone way beyond the scope of his investigation. He should be fired.

  • Ja Ja

    If they want out that bad, maybe they are s@$ hole countries!