Published: Thu, August 22, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat

Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat

An offended Trump told reporters that Frederiksen could have just said "no" instead of publicly calling his idea to buy the world's largest landmass "absurd".

A day after canceling his trip to Denmark over its refusal to sell Greenland to the United States, President Trump on Wednesday said he was deeply offended by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's response to the idea, which she called "absurd".

"Greenland is not for sale", Frederiksen said while on a trip to Greenland earlier this week.

Mette Frederiksen held a press briefing on Wednesday after Trump cancelled a planned state visit to Denmark after she rebuffed his interest in purchasing the massive island. "I keep trying to hope that this isn't something that was seriously meant".

A spokeswoman for Denmark's royal palace says U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to postpone a visit to Denmark next month was 'a surprise. Trump said in the tweet, alongside the photoshopped image.

Trump's decision elicited condemnation, outrage and mockery alike among Danish opposition leaders and the public.

Hours before the trip was called off, Carla Sands, the US ambassador to Denmark, tweeted that the Scandinavian country was "ready for the POTUS @realDonaldTrump visit!" "Is this some sort of joke?" she wrote on Twitter.

The Danes responded as normal people would-Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said, "Greenland is not for sale".

Three decades after Greenland exited what is now the European Union, some of its politicians and business leaders say the vast Arctic territory should consider rejoining because of its slowness to diversify the economy away from fish.

Greenland has considerable mineral wealth and hosts a USA military presence at the Thule airbase under a 1951 treaty.

Trump told LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, including the possibility of backing so-called "red flag" laws that would allow the police to temporarily confiscate guns from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others.

"The president seems to take orders from the NRA and the corporate gun lobby", Booker said.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump had accepted an invitation to visit Her Majesty Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark, and had been expected to meet with business leaders and participate in a series of bilateral meetings, according to the White House. "We can do things that are very good and things that, frankly, gun owners want to have done".

Earlier this week, Trump confirmed a story first reported in The Wall Street Journal that he had asked aides to look into the idea of buying Greenland, a self-governing Danish overseas territory.

"Total chaos with [Trump] and the cancellation of the state visit to Denmark", former Prime Minister Kristian Jensen tweeted. "The Arctic's security and environmental challenges are too important to be considered alongside hopeless discussions like the sale of Greenland", he said on Twitter.

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