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Trump Calls Danish Prime Minister “Nasty” over Refusal to Discuss Greenland Sale

HeadlineAug 22, 2019

President Trump attacked Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen Wednesday, one day after announcing he had canceled a planned state visit to Denmark over the country’s refusal to discuss selling Greenland to the United States. This is Trump speaking to reporters outside the White House Wednesday on his way to Kentucky.

President Donald Trump: “No, Denmark, I looked forward to going, but I thought that the prime minister’s statement, that it was absurd, that was — that it was an absurd idea, was nasty. I thought it was an inappropriate statement.”

Danish politicians across the political spectrum have expressed disbelief over Trump’s bid to purchase Greenland — an autonomous Danish territory — as well as Trump’s sudden cancellation of the state visit. Following Trump’s latest remarks, a State Department spokesperson said Trump had merely “postponed” the trip, and said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Danish foreign minister to express U.S. support for its NATO ally. Meanwhile former President Obama is scheduled to travel to Denmark next month.

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