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The Danish Prime Minister and Trump set up a “constructive” dialogue after their rifirrafe over Greenland

August 23, 2019

COPENHAGEN, Aug 23 (Reuters / EP) –

The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, has maintained a “constructive” dialogue with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, as reported by the Danish news agency Ritzau, after the crossing of reproaches between the two leaders after learning that the US president He had consulted the possibility of the territory of Greenland, partly managed by Denmark.

“Both leaders discussed, among other things, the need to further develop mutual cooperation and manage the challenges to the common security policy,” according to the agency.

After the prime minister and much of the political spectrum in Denmark ridiculed Trump's idea, the magnate decided to cancel a visit to Copenhagen and described Fredericksen's comments as “unpleasant.”

“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.