In just a few days, Donald Trump will become the new President of the United States on 20 January. Like his predecessor, President Barack Obama, this means that he will meet many royal families and reigning monarchs in his time as head of state in the coming years. President Obama has had a good relationship with the Scandinavian royal houses and has met King Harald V of Norway, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark several times over the past eight years. Will Trump continue to have good relations with the Scandinavian monarchies?
There are many indications that President Trump will maintain a good relationship with all three monarchies. Possibly, Norway and Denmark have closer ties to the United States than Sweden, due to their NATO membership. However, it is precisely Norway and Denmark that have been more sceptical towards Trump as a result of his negative thoughts about NATO. There is a long tradition that the Scandinavian monarchs congratulate the new US president at the inauguration. It will be interesting to see if this happens this year and what is said in the congratulations. Some monarchies congratulated Trump already a few days after the election; none of the Scandinavian monarchies did so.
Donald Trump’s political views and statements are in heavy contrast to the beliefs of the Scandinavian royal houses. Last summer, King Harald V gave a speech and received positive feedback worldwide regarding diversity. Several commentators in Europe and the United States said that in an era dominated by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Trump it was fantastic to see a head of state make such a statement that King Harald V did.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is the only one of the three monarchs who has made a statement about what he thinks about President-elect Trump. During the climate summit in Paris in 2015, King Carl XVI Gustaf was asked what he thought about the many American politicians, including Trump, who believe that there was no climate change and no global warming. The King thought this was absurd and distant to the reality to think like that.
Obama has, in his time as President of the United States, visited Scandinavia on different occasions. This will be something Mr Trump undoubtedly will also do. Most likely, his first meeting with a royal family will be with the British, but in the future, he will also have to greet the rulers in the north of Europe.
Mr Obama’s first meeting with the Scandinavian monarchies was when he won the Nobel Peace Prize and received an audience with His Majesty King Harald V of Norway in 2009. Donald Trump will hardly win any peace prize. Trump is not exactly on good terms with the British Royal Family after statements he made in the past related to the Duchess of Cambridge.
If you want to read more about Trump’s relationship with the British Royal Family you can read it here. It is important to note that President-elect Trump has never made any statements, whether good or bad, related to the Swedish, Norwegian or Danish royals.