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

Voters in Iowa laughed when Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day To honor Justice Ginsburg's legacy, Biden should consider Michelle Obama The Memo: Court battle explodes across tense election landscape MORE (R-Iowa) told them that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally 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.


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 DurbinMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Senate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Top GOP senator calls for Biden to release list of possible Supreme Court picks MORE (D-Ill.), who was present for the meeting, has confirmed the statements to reporters.

GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonRenewed focus on Trump's Supreme Court list after Ginsburg's death Republicans call for DOJ to prosecute Netflix executives for releasing 'Cuties' Loeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' 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.