Nordic Leaders Mock Trump After Disastrous Foreign Trip
WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017—The fallout from Donald Trump’s disastrous foreign trip continues. On Monday a group of Nordic leaders posed for a photograph with a soccer ball, appearing to openly mock Trump.
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The photo was clearly imitating the photograph of Trump at the opening of the new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh during his Saudi Arabia visit.
Nordic prime ministers Stefan Löfven of Sweden, Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark, Erna Solberg of Norway, Juha Sipilä of Finland and Bjarni Benediktsson of Iceland posed for the photograph to announce the Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges Initiative, a program designed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
The leaders are meeting Monday and Tuesday in Bergen, Norway to launch the initiative. They are seeking to set an example for the world that environmental sustainability can be compatible with economic growth.
“The Nordic Region is a pioneer in renewable and integrated energy systems, and many of our solutions could be deployed elsewhere. Our project targets East Africa, which has a wide range of renewable energy,” said project manager Svend Søyland.
In the works since the 2015 signing of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the UN 2030 agenda, the Nordic initiative is made up of six flagship projects that address sustainable cities, energy and climate solutions, gender equality, public welfare and food policies.
While the initiative is a serious endeavor with strong support from public and private stakeholders throughout the region, the leaders took time to openly mock Trump and his close friendship with Saudi Arabia.
As Trump refused to affirm the U.S.’s commitment to NATO’s Article 5 and the Paris Agreement, lectured world leaders about contributions, shoved Montenegro’s prime minister and generally distanced the U.S. from our European allies, the photograph echoes German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments that Europe could no longer rely on the United States.
The U.S., once seen as a valuable European ally, has become a laughingstock thanks to Trump’s failed foreign trip and his disastrous four months in office.