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Norway's PM Makes Business Case of 'Green Economy' to Trump

14 January 2018

Seated in the Oval Office, Trump notes that Norway has been a strong consumer of US -built military equipment, including the F-35 aircraft.

We know this because it's available for use in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, a game that came out back in 2014.

Trump appeared to read the comments from a prepared statement and likely mistook the number of aircraft in the deal - 52 - for part of a designation for a separate jet. But F-52s don't exist - at least not outside of Call of Duty.

Lockheed Martin - the primary defense contractor for the fifth-generation F-35 fighter - declined to comment on whether a F-52 aircraft is in development but the company has never publicly mentioned plans for an aircraft by that name.

"The Paris Agreement as drawn, and as we signed, was very unfair to the United States", Trump said at the White House during a joint press conference with Norwegian Premier Erna Solberg. Three have apparently arrived at the Orland Air Base in November, according to a spokeswoman.

In the game, players are at the helm of the jet soaring through a canyon, firing a gun and missiles.

Erna Solberg in a DW interview with Zhana Nemtsova
Norway's PM Makes Business Case of 'Green Economy' to Trump

As the first Call of Duty truly developed for next-gen platforms, Advanced Warfare looks awfully realistic.

"This incident, just after his blunder with the fictional "F-52" planes, further lowers the respect for his office and for the USA overseas."... While it is packed with sensors and loaded with technology to fulfill its multi-role capability it has been a lame duck, with years of cost overruns, delays and concerns over pilot safety. Somehow those two facts combined in the president's head in a way that led him to suggest that the F-52 was a real plane and not a fictional weapon of war.

Norwegians were firm but polite as they went on social media to point out they preferred to stay in one of the richest countries in the world as calculated by GDP per capita, rather than move to the United States.

Solberg says Norway is "really appreciative of the good work that we have together with the United States". Those missiles are compatible with the F-35, which will replace Norway's aging stocks of F-16s.

The president suggested that instead, the USA should allow more entrants from countries like Norway. "You're in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence".

Norway's PM Makes Business Case of 'Green Economy' to Trump