A feud is heating up between President Donald Trump and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen over reports that Trump has been flirting with the idea of purchasing Greenland.
“I thought the prime minister’s statement that it was an absurd idea was nasty,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday about Frederiksen’s response to his idea. Trump was leaving the White House and on his way to Kentucky at the time that he spoke to reporters.
The president made clear that his frustration was that he felt Frederiksen had put down America as a whole.
“She’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America,” Trump said.
Frederiksen called the idea of America purchasing Greenland an “absurd discussion.”
In response, Trump announced on Tuesday night that he would not be stopping in Denmark when he heads to Poland next month.
“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” he tweeted.
A spokeswoman for the Danish royal palace told the press on Wednesday that Trump’s cancellation came as a “surprise.”
Source: Fox News
Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that it was the use of the word “absurd” in Frederiksen’s statement that bothered him so much.
“All she had to do was say, ‘no, we wouldn’t be interested,'” Trump said.
“I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something,” he added.
He went on to say that the idea of purchasing Greenland is not as ridiculous as some would like to think.
“This is an idea that’s been discussed for many years. Harry Truman had the idea of [buying] Greenland. I had the idea. Other people have had the idea,” the president said. “It goes back into the early 1900s, but Harry Truman very strongly thought it was a good idea.”
Trump said that the comment by Frederiksen likely would have been tolerated under Obama, but it will not be tolerated by his administration.
“You don’t talk to the United States that way, at least under me,” Trump noted. “Now, President Obama, when they wouldn’t let him land in the Philippines, when they treated him so badly in so many places, the Philippines is one that comes to mind, that’s different. That’s different. They can treat him any way they want to, that’s up to him. But they can’t treat the United States with the statement ‘how absurd.'”
The president was set to visit Denmark in early September as part of a long-planned European trip.
Frederiksen said in a press conference that she was “disappointed and surprised” by Trump’s trip cancellation. She added that the purchase of Greenland “has clearly been rejected.”
Reports about Trump’s interest in purchasing Greenland started trickling out last week. When asked about the possibility on Sunday by reporters, the president said he was interested in the purchase but it was not a top priority for the administration at the moment.
“We’re looking at it,” Trump said. “It’s not number one on the burner.”
He noted that Denmark is “carrying” Greenland “at a great loss” financially, something he reiterated to reporters on Wednesday. He said the purchase of Greenland would be “nice” and strategic for the United States.
“Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things could be done,” he said. “First we have to find out whether or not they have any interest.”
Clearly, the purchase of Greenland is not going to be happening anytime soon, but the president deserves kudos for standing up for the United States and not letting someone like Frederiksen walk all over us with disparaging public statements.
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