Iowa voters laugh after GOP senator says Trump is standing up for Norway

Voters in Iowa laughed when Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstMcConnell, GOP leaders say they won't be watching House impeachment hearing This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week MORE (R-Iowa) told them that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE was standing up for countries like Norway.

Constituents asked Ernst what she would do to stand up to Trump after his comments referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries," KETV reported.

“He is standing up for a lot of the countries where we have seen some—” Ernst said before she was interrupted by a voter.

“Name a few, could you name a few?” one person called out.

“You bet. Norway is one of them,” Ernst replied before she was cut off by the room bursting into laughter.

“You know, you laugh but folks, who borders Norway? Russia,” the senator said.

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Ernst also told the voters that she doesn't respond often to Trump's statements because she wants "to talk about the things I'm working on and that are important to Iowa."

Trump is facing backlash for calling some nations “shithole countries” during a meeting on immigration and suggesting that the U.S. bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

He has denied making the comments, but Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinFive things to watch at Supreme Court's DACA hearings Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills MORE (D-Ill.), who was present for the meeting, has confirmed the statements to reporters.

GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonTom Cotton's only Democratic rival quits race in Arkansas Schumer concerned by Army's use of TikTok, other Chinese social media platforms Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (Ark.), who were also in the meeting, said Trump did not make the comments after initially saying they didn’t recall if he had made the remarks.

Trump also hosted Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House last week.

Ernst did have one final comment to the network on Trump.

"I wish he would put his phone down," Ernst said.