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Trump says the Danish Prime Minister was “unpleasant” in her response to the Greenland issue

August 21, 2019


The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said that the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, was “unpleasant” to call the White House's interest in buying Greenland “absurd” hours after announcing the cancellation of the state visit he planned to make in September to the European country.

“I think the prime minister's statement … was unpleasant,” Trump told reporters. “It was not the friendliest way” to respond, added the president, who pointed out that “it would have been enough to say no” to the possibility of a transfer of the sovereignty of Greenland.

“He doesn't talk to me, he talks to the United States,” the US president added, shortly after Frederiksen acknowledged his “regret” and “surprise” over Trump's decision to suspend the visit scheduled for days 2 and 3 of September.

Trump announced on Twitter via Twitter the cancellation of the visit due to Frederiksen's refusal to discuss “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.

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.

The head of the Danish Government has explained to the media that she “wanted” this visit, in which she saw “an opportunity to celebrate close relations” between two countries that have “many challenges in common.” The United States is “one of the closest allies,” he said.

Frederiksen has taken the opportunity to call for “greater cooperation between the United States, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Denmark” in relation to the conservation of the Arctic, an area that “is more important than ever.”

The Danish Royal House has also been surprised by the announcement of the US president. “It was a surprise but we have nothing else to add about it,” the director of communication of the Royal House, Lene Balleby, told the public network.