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

Voters in Iowa laughed when Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrat Mike Franken launches challenge to Grassley in Iowa Trump heads to Iowa as 2024 chatter grows Photos of the Week: Manchin, California oil spill and a podium dog MORE (R-Iowa) told them that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations 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 DurbinDick DurbinEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Manchin, Tester voice opposition to carbon tax Democrats feel high anxiety in Biden spending conflict MORE (D-Ill.), who was present for the meeting, has confirmed the statements to reporters.

GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - House debt vote today; Biden struggles to unite Arkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike 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.