Brende ‘uneasy’ over Trump

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Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende has  joined other European and Norwegian politicians in expressing concern over several of the positions of the US Republican Party’s presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Brende was careful to note that the Norwegian government has no tradition of getting involved or taking sides in other countries’ election campaigns. Nor would he go as far as German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier did last week when he called Trump’s rhetoric “dangerous.”

“But I will add that there have been positions expressed by Trump that I deeply disagree with, and which make me uneasy,” Brende told reporters over the weekend. “Among them are statements tied to NATO and NATO’s role, and rhetoric about free trade and the WTO.”

Brende added that “seen from Norway, the debate climate in the US, the discourse and choice of words, are of a character that don’t especially raise people’s spirits.” staff