The President of the United States, Donald Trump, cancelled a visit to Denmark which was scheduled for September on Tuesday, after the Danish prime minister completely rejected the idea of the United States buying Greenland.
Through a post on Twitter, Trump said “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.”
Whilst Trump is clearly frustrated by the decision made by Mrs Frederiksen, he acknowledged her honesty on the matter, saying “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!”
An official from the White House stated that Mr Trump had cancelled the stop in Denmark which was set to be made between the 2nd and 3rd of September, with Denmark being a part of the NATO alliance.
Trump’s main plan for the visit was to discuss the Arctic in meetings in Copenhagen with Frederiksen, who only assumed office in June, along with Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of Greenland.
Once one of Trump’s economic advisors confirmed the United States’ President’s interest in purchasing Greenland, Frederiksen immediately responded on Sunday, saying that the idea of purchasing the world’s largest island was absurd.
During a visit to Greenland, Frederiksen told the press that “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”
Whilst Trump confirmed that the possibility of purchasing Denmark is strategically very “interesting”, he also made it clear that it is not one of his main priorities.
Trump is set to visit Europe in the coming days, but he will only be visiting France and Poland now, the former for the 45th G7 summit and the latter for a World War II commemoration.