Norwegian politicians distance themselves from Trump after Congress siege: “Not fit to be president”

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Norwegian parliamentary politicians condemned Donald Trump after his supporters stormed Congress in Washington, DC, earlier in the week.

“Trump is not fit to be president after what we have seen now,” the Progress Party’s (FRP) deputy leader Sylvi Listhaug told NRK after the protest in Washington on Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, a number of Trump supporters stormed the congress building. 

Donald Trump has been accused of inciting his supporters after refusing to accept the November election results. 

Listhaug believes that Vice President Mike Pence should take over as president until Joe Biden is formally installed in two weeks.

Støre: A deeply divided country

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) believes that US President Donald Trump has a personal responsibility for the heated situation in Washington, as he incited his supporters not to accept the election result.

The Labor Party’s leader Jonas Gahr Støre was also shocked by the scenes that unfolded in Washington.

“This shows us a deeply divided country where there is a politically different emphasis on how Congress is protected from different protesters. 

“Those who marched for the Black Lives Matter movement were met by tanks and armed forces,” he told VG.

Last year, the FRP’s parliamentary representative Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to establish a peace agreement between Israel and the Emirates.

Tybring-Gjedde now believes that Trump has shown that he is mentally unbalanced in the time after the electoral defeat and that he should not receive the Peace Prize now.

Solberg defends Norwegian caution

SV leader Audun Lysbakken pointed out in a Facebook post on Thursday that the government has previously been reluctant to criticize Trump.

“Is it not time for some reflection on the part of our government and Norwegian politicians? Too many have stepped on their toes while mentioning Trump to avoid offending our most powerful ally,” he wrote. 

“Erna Solberg’s government has not exactly been eager to criticize the president during the last four years,” Lysbakken added.

Solberg told NTB that she followed a strategy. 

“I had the strategy of criticizing when I believed that the rhetoric was unreasonable, and when it was in Norway’s interest to criticize,” Solberg said.

NRK also asked Sylvi Listhaug if she should have criticized Trump more clearly during the four years he has been in power.

“I do not think a politician in Norway who sits in the Norwegian parliament would have made any impression on Trump or others,” she said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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