President Donald Trump said he would put off a planned meeting with Denmark’s prime minister since she would not like to discuss a possible US buy of the island of Greenland.
“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,” Trump said in a Twitter post on Tuesday night.
“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!” the president wrote.
Donald Trump cancels meeting with Danish leader Over No Sale of Greenland
Trump had been planned to make a state visit to Denmark on September 2 on the welcome of Queen Margrethe II.
Hours before the trip was called off, Carla Sands, the U.S. ambassador to Denmark, tweeted that the Scandinavian country was “ready for the POTUS @realDonaldTrump visit! Partner, ally, friend.”
Recently, the president told journalists that purchasing Greenland, which is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark yet has broad home rule, would be “a large real estate deal” that could facilitate a money related burden on Denmark.
Frederiksen had precluded any deal. Danish authorities have been inflexible about no-deal since reports rose a week ago that Trump had guided advisors and lawyers to survey a possible deal.
“Greenland isn’t for sale, Greenland isn’t Danish, Greenland is Greenlandic,” she said Sunday during a visit to Greenland, according to local newspaper Sermitsiaq. “I keep trying to hope that this isn’t something that was seriously meant.”
Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council, earlier Sunday said Greenland is a “strategic place” rich in valuable minerals and that discussions are continuing.
“The president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look at a potential Greenland purchase,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.”
However serious White House discourses of a sale may have been, the theme incited jokes on the two sides of the Atlantic since Trump’s advantage was first revealed. He got into the follow up on Monday night with a tweet demonstrating a picture of a brilliant Trump tower on a severe Greenland landscape. “I promise not to do this to Greenland,” Trump wrote.