Trump touts sale of fictional jets to Norway

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Jan. 10 2018

Trump touts sale of fictional jets to Norway

There's a generous safety net of health care and pensions. But people in the Nordic nation - past year named the happiest place on earth - have no desire to move to the U.S., according to a report on Norwegian national TV.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE said Wednesday that he might reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

"Norway is a great customer, and a great ally and a great friend", Trump says.

"English is a second language for Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg. It took away a lot of our asset values", Trump said. "It is more about ethnicity than shared values", said Hilde Restad, an associate professor in worldwide affairs and a former US resident.

The president emphasised that he is not going to let the Paris agreement deny the US competitive edge.

Trump spoke glowingly of Norway's renewable energy.

Emigration from Norway to the US hit its peak in 1882 when nearly 29,000 mostly poor Norwegians crossed the Atlantic.

And according to data from the Department of Homeland Security, an average of just 100 Norwegians a year moved to the USA from 2007 to 2016, CNN wrote.

President Donald Trump looks to Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg as she speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Jan. 10 2018

What will Trump's impact be on world trade? 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.

Granted, Norway's population is only 5.3 million, but it's probably safe to assume that its decent-people-to-assholes ratio beats the USA, too. "They have actual health care, and longer life expectancy", Stephen King‏ on Twitter. The U.S., meanwhile, dropped in the rankings, from 13th most happy to 14th.

It also is not as ethnically homogenous as some might think. DACA protects from deportation the almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Norway's foreign minister refused to comment on the controversy. USA trade with Norway supports about 500,000 U.S.jobs, Fjordbak says, so the country's leaders believe the US should open more trading opportunities between the nations. But immigration appeared not to have been on the agenda.

Another country is making a major investment in American businesses under President Donald Trump.

"We could conceivably go back in", Trump said. "It bonds us tightly together with them", Mattis said.

"Absolutely not", one unidentified man said. "I have no business there", a woman added.

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