Twitter users are telling President Donald Trump that no Norwegian would ever give up access to free healthcare and a longer life expectancy to move to his 's**thole country.
Trump made headlines on Thursday when he lashed out in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called 's**thole' countries.
He was speaking about people from Haiti, El Salvador and various African nations, people briefed on the meeting told the Washington Post.
'Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?' Trump said.
Trump made headlines on Thursday when he lashed out about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called 's**thole' countries
'Why do we need more Haitians?... Take them out.'
Trump then suggested the US should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.
But Twitter users, some of them from Norway, quickly lashed out asking Trump: Why would Norwegians want to come to America?
'I'm confused - why the f*** would anyone migrate to the US from Norway? Why would you give up healthcare free at the point of access, living wages and reliable public services?,' one tweet read.
'I live in Norway and would never move to USA. We have free health care, free higher education, 5 weeks vacation 8 hours work a day. No thanks Trump,' another user tweeted.
'If you want to attract more immigration from Norway, you're going to need to provide Universal Healthcare, Free College, and robust social safety nets. Because they already have all those things.
'Norway has: universal healthcare, strong labor unions, paid maternity leave. Why the f**k would Norwegians possibly want to move here?
'Of course people from Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power. #s**thole.'
Trump's initial comments from earlier sparked anger among Democrats and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks.
The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome 'those who can contribute to our society.'
Trump's comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants - and also strengthen border protections, as Trump has insisted.
The lawmakers had hoped Trump would back their accord, an agreement among six senators evenly split among Republicans and Democrats, ending a months-long, bitter dispute over protecting the 'Dreamers.'
But the White House later rejected it, plunging the issue back into uncertainty just eight days before a deadline that threatens a government shutdown.
On Thursday night, Trump was pushing for 'a Great Wall' and criticizing Democrats' stance on immigration, highlighting the difficulties for any negotiations.
'The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process. It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans,' he said in a late-night tweet. 'We must build a Great Wall ...'
Trump's initial remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused by his foes of racist attitudes and has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.
He has claimed without evidence that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, wasn't born in the United States, has said Mexican immigrants were 'bringing crime' and were 'rapists' and said there were 'very fine people on both sides' after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one counter-protester dead.
In the past, Trump has called himself the 'least racist person that you've ever met.'TRUMP ASKS WHY PEOPLE FROM 'S**THOLE' COUNTRIES ARE COMING TO AMERICA
President Donald Trump, frustrated with America's continued responsibility for immigrants fleeing Third World natural disasters, asked members of Congress Thursday in vulgar terms why the United States had to shoulder such a burden.
'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post .
Trump was reportedly speaking about Haitians and citizens of various African nations.
President Donald Trump reportedly told lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office that he was mystified about why the U.S. imports people from 's***hole countries' in the Third World
'Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,' he told people in the meeting, according to CNN .
Instead, he said, the US should seek to assimilate people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met with a day earlier. Unlike Haiti and all the nations of Africa, Norway is both a NATO member and a stalwart US ally.
The outburst came at the private Oval Office meeting as Democratic senator Dick Durbin outlined a bipartisan immigration deal put together by six senators which they took to Trump for backing.
Durbin, the Democratic senator who is minority whip, was outlining his proposal in which the visa lottery system, of which Trump has been a fierce critic, would be ended in return for 'temporary protected status', known as TPS, resuming for El Salvador and Haiti.
Trump has moved to end it for immigrants from those countries but as Durbin went through a list of countries which would gain TPS under the deal, he reached Haiti and 'Trump asked why the US wants more people from Haiti and African countries'.
'S***HOLE COUNTRY': shows people walking past a street damaged by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, in western Haiti. The country's perilous state had meant its citizens have temporary protected status in the U.S. - apparently one of the causes of Trump's extraordinary outburst - which is now being rescinded
TROUBLED: Members of the MS-13 gang, notorious for its brutality, detained in San Salvador, one of the many troubles the country is suffering from
The White House issued a needle-threading statement on immigration policy Thursday afternoon, while not denying the story's accuracy.
'Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,' deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in the statement. 'The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration – two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country.'
'Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation,' Shah added.
'He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.'
Policy squabbles notwithstanding, Trump's comments shocked senators from both major parties.
NATO PARADISE: Trump told senators that instead of importing immigrants from the Third World, America should seek out people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister Erna Solberg he met Wednesday at the White House