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

Voters in Iowa laughed when Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay Ernst2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation GOP senator wants Violence Against Women Act passage by year end Progressive group to spend as much as M to turn out young voters MORE (R-Iowa) told them that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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 DurbinSenators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement 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 CottonLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia GOP senator introduces bill to limit flow of US data to China Tom Cotton's only Democratic rival quits race in Arkansas 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.