Rep. Steve King Eats Reindeer at Christmas Dinner in Norway

Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013 04:01 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Rep. Steve King enjoyed a traditional Scandinavian dinner on Christmas — in Oslo — complete with reindeer as a main course.

"Merry Christmas season to my Scandinavian friends," the Iowa Republican said on Twitter. "'Enjoyed' a meal of lutefisk, reindeer, and lefse."



Reindeer, lutefisk, which is cured codfish, and lefse, a flatbread, are traditional holiday staples in Norway, Politico reports.

King, 64, stopped in Norway en route from the Middle East on a tour with the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.

While some followers on Twitter were not pleased with King's eating of something so closely associated with Santa Claus, CNN food contributor Kat Kinsman said that reindeer's presence on the congressman's plate was "totally normal considering where he is."

"People eat this whenever it's in season, and Norway is host to a pretty robust wild reindeer population," she said.

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