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Trump Accuses Denmark’s Leader Of ‘Nasty’ Rejection Of His Proposal To Purchase Greenland


Trump Accuses Denmark’s Leader Of ‘Nasty’ Rejection Of His Proposal To Purchase Greenland

President Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to postpone a state visit to Denmark, accusing Denmark’s prime minister of making a “nasty and inappropriate statement” when rejecting his proposal to buy Greenland from the country.

“I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something. They could have told me no,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“All they had to say was we’d rather not do that,” he added. “Don’t say, what an absurd idea that is.”

“She’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America. You don’t talk to the United States that way.”

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday criticized Trump for suggesting the U.S. might be interested in purchasing Greenland, calling the idea “absurd.”

“Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant,” Frederiksen told reporters.

Trump on Wednesday accused Frederiksen of “blowing off” the U.S., but also said he loved Denmark and would schedule a visit at some point.

“Frankly, we’ll do it another time,” he said.

The Hill reports:

His remarks follow Tuesday evening’s unexpected postponement of a planned trip to Denmark, a move that sparked broad criticism from Danish officials. Frederiksen said at a news conference earlier Wednesday that Trump’s decision to postpone the trip surprised and disappointed her.

Trump on Tuesday evening tweeted that he would forgo the meeting after Frederiksen said at a news conference that Greenland “is not for sale.”

Trump wrote in post that he had “no interest” in discussing Greenland and would reschedule the visit.

“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!” Trump tweeted.


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