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Pompeo speaks with Danish Foreign Minister after Trump canceled his visit

August 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (Reuters / EP) –

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke on Wednesday with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, after the US president, Donald Trump, canceled two weeks earlier a visit to the Nordic country because he refused to discuss the “Greenland purchase”.

“Secretary Pompeo spoke on the phone today with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod about the postponement of President Trump's trip to Denmark,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

“The secretary expressed his appreciation for Denmark's cooperation as one of the United States' allies and Denmark's contributions to address shared global security priorities,” he said. “The secretary and foreign minister, Kofod, also discussed the strengthening of cooperation with the Kingdom of Denmark, including Greenland, in the Arctic,” he added.

Trump announced Tuesday that he had decided to postpone his meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen because of his refusal to discuss “the purchase of Greenland.”

“Based on the comments of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who has no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will postpone our scheduled meeting in two weeks for another time,” said the president through his account on the social network Twitter.

Trump said the prime minister has been able to “save a lot of expenses and efforts” for both countries by being “so direct.” “Thank you for that and I hope to reschedule the meeting sometime in the future,” the US president said.