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Trump postpones his meeting with the Danish Prime Minister for his refusal to discuss “the purchase of Greenland”

August 21, 2019


The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that he has decided to postpone his meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, for 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 has pointed out that the prime minister has been able to “save a lot of expenses and efforts” for both countries by being “so direct.”

“I appreciate that and hope to reschedule the meeting sometime in the future,” said the US president.

The president and first lady, Melania Trump, had accepted an invitation to visit the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, and was expected to participate in a series of bilateral meetings, as well as business leaders, according to the White House.

According to the US network CNN, after Trump's statements his entire trip to Denmark has been postponed and not just his meeting with the country's prime minister.

In addition, it is not clear whether by postponing the meeting with Frederiksen his scheduled visit to Warsaw, which was part of the same trip and where he will attend ceremonies to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, will be affected.

Frederiksen on Sunday rejected the possibility of selling Greenland to the United States after several senior Washington officials confirmed the president's interest in this Arctic territory.

The White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, has confirmed that Trump has asked for opinions on the possibility of buying Greenland, an autonomous country under a certain degree of management by the Government of Denmark, despite the fact that the Greenlandic authorities have indicated that the Territory is not for sale.

The Greenland Government issued a brief statement responding that the territory “is not for sale”, while other Danish politicians declared themselves so surprised by the information they believed to be “innocent,” as the former Twitter account said Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

The United States already contemplated the purchase of Greenland last century, but its offer was rejected by Denmark, responsible for foreign affairs, monetary policy and defense of the territory, located between the Arctic and the North Atlantic.