Hilde Restad sitert i Washington Post
President Donald Trump spurte i et møte med kongressmedlemmer hvorfor folk fra «drittland» får komme til USA. Samtidig ytret han ønske om at nordmenn i stedet burde immigrere. Washington Post laget en oppfølgingssak om hvilke land som ville foretrekke sitt eget land over Trumps USA. Her er vår egen førsteamanuensis og USA-kjenner Hilde Restad sitert.
Publisert i Forskningsaktuelt av Onsdag 25. november, 2020 - 13:54 | sist oppdatert Torsdag 10. desember, 2020 - 08:07
Norwegians generally live longer than Americans. There’s a generous safety net of health care and pensions. And although it’s pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth.
President Donald Trump says the United States should take in more Norwegians, but is it any wonder that more Americans are going the other way?
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.
The comments came after Trump met Wednesday with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Washington. His remarks were seen in Oslo as racially charged and sharply at odds with Norwegian values of inclusivity.
“This says a lot about what Trump thinks it means to be an American. It is more about ethnicity than shared values,” said Hilde Restad, an associate professor in international affairs and a former U.S. resident.
She added that Norwegians generally didn’t want “to be flattered by this U.S. president in this way.”