Trump To Skip Denmark In European Tour After Danish Prime Minister Rejects Greenland Purchase

On Tuesday evening, President Trump announced that he was postponing a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to discuss acquiring Greenland.

The president recently expressed his interest in buying the country, which Denmark legally owns, and had planned on meeting with the Danish leader to discuss what could be a historic acquisition.

Trump revealed in a pair of tweets, however, he was postponing the meeting as Frederiksen expressed her own disinterest in selling 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 tweet.

Trump complimented her straight-forwardness but said he would try again at a later date.

“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!” he continued.

Politico reports:

Trump had been invited by Queen Margrethe II to visit Denmark as part of a larger tour of Europe, but a White House spokesperson told POLITICO on Tuesday night that Trump does not plan to visit the country as scheduled.

Trump confirmed over the weekend reports that he was interested in buying Greenland, but said it was not a priority for the administration.

According to the report, the Danish Prime Minister said the US potentially buying Greenland was an “absurd discussion.”

She also said that Greenland Premier “Kim Kielsen has, of course, made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That’s where the conversation ends.”

Politico reports the topic of the US buying Greenland has made for several jokes online, even between the two countries involved.

Shortly after Trump’s interest in acquiring the country was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Greenland’s Foreign Ministry tweeted: “Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism. We’re open for business, not for sale.”

Trump, known for his ostentatious Trump towers, jokingly tweeted out that he would not be buying the country as a new home for one of his hotels.

“I promise not to do this to Greenland!” he said with a picture of a Trump Tower on one of Greenland’s beaches.

Trump’s history in real estate and chiefly negotiations could offer some help in acquiring the country and he will have another two weeks to sweeten the deal for the Danish leadership.

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