Trump announces Norway tourism plans, including cruise ships
President Donald Trump announced plans to launch a new Norwegian tourism agency Monday, including a cruise ship tour and a cruise ferry service.
Trump’s decision to establish the Norwegian Tourism Authority (NTRA) comes amid a deepening rift between the Trump administration and the Norwegian government, as the administration has been sharply critical of Norway’s economic performance, as well as of the nation’s human rights record.
The NTRA, which will be run by the Norwegian Government, will have a $10 billion budget and will include two cruise lines, a cruise cruise ship, two cruise ferry services, an international aviation company, and a state-owned oil company, according to The Associated Press.
The Norwegian government said it had invested $3 billion to build and operate the agency.
The announcement was welcomed by the government of Norway, which has been criticized for its human rights records and by Trump for criticizing the nation for its tourism investment in recent years.
“The NTDA will be an important step in establishing Norwegian tourism in the United States,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide told reporters.
“It will provide an important source of investment in the Norwegian economy and tourism.”
Trump has made the issue of Norway a major part of his presidential campaign, calling for a ban on Norwegian visitors coming to the U.S. as part of a crackdown on foreign criminals and terrorists.
He also said that Norwegian tourists should be barred from coming to America.
Trump has called the Nordic nation “a beacon of democracy, a beacon of the future,” but has also made headlines for his repeated criticism of the country’s human-rights record, including criticism that the country has a “total lack of respect for human rights.”
Trump’s move comes as Trump has been in the process of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico, the country that has long been one of his strongest allies in the U,S.
The administration has said that Trump has not ruled out the possibility of renegotiations, though the talks are not expected to begin until the end of the year.
In the U., Nordstrom announced Monday that it would stop selling Ivanka Trump’s brand and Ivanka Trump jewelry.
The company has said the move is aimed at making Nordstrom’s business more sustainable, and to provide customers with an alternative to the brand and jewelry.