President Trump defended his decision not to include Denmark as a destination in his European tour next month as he says the Danish prime minister offended him.
After the Wall Street Journal first reported Trump’s interest in potentially buying the country of Greenland, which is legally owned by Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the notion was “absurd.”
ABC News reports Trump believed her response was unnecessarily aggressive.
“I looked forward to going but I thought the prime minister’s statement that it was ‘absurd,’ that it was an absurd idea, was nasty,” Trump said to a group of reporters outside of the White House.
“I thought it was an inappropriate statement,” the president continued. “All she had to do was say, ‘No, we’re not interested.'”
Trump went on to remark that the prime minister, in her rejection, spoke: “in a very sarcastic, nasty way.”
“Don’t say what an absurd idea that is,” Trump added per ABC News. “She’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America.”
“I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off, because she was blowing off the United States,” the president said.
According to the report, the president did leave open the opportunity to speak with the Danish prime minister at a later date concerning a potential purchase.
“We’ll do it another time,” Trump said.
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ABC News reports:
Earlier Wednesday, Denmark’s prime minister said she was “disappointed and surprised” that Trump had called off his visit.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the president could still come, though, telling reporters in the capital, Copenhagen, that “the invitation for a stronger strategic cooperation with the Americans in the Arctic is still open,” the Associated Press reported.
The White House had said that Trump would travel to Denmark and Poland over the Labor Day weekend, but Trump wrote in a tweet Tuesday night that he would postpone the Denmark leg after Frederiksen dismissed his suggestion that the United States was interested in purchasing Greenland.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
Frederiksen had rejected the possibility of selling Greenland to the United States as “an absurd discussion,” according to the Associated Press. Greenland is a autonomous territory of Denmark.
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