A dispute is boiling up between President Donald Trump and Mette Frederiksen, the Danish Prime Minister, over reports that Trump has been contemplating the idea of purchasing Greenland. Trump told journalists on Wednesday about Frederiksen’s response to his thought. “I thought the prime minister’s statement was nasty, that it was an absurd idea.” Trump was on his way to Kentucky, leaving the White House at the time that he spoke to reporters. The president made it clear that his frustration and disappointment was that he felt Frederiksen had put down America as a whole.
“She’s talking to the United States of America, not to me,” Trump said. Frederiksen called the thought of America purchasing Greenland an “absurd discussion.” In response on Tuesday night, Trump announced that he would not be visiting Denmark when he travels to Poland next month. Trump tweeted, “Denmark is an extraordinary country with incredible people. Unfortunately 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 scheduled meeting for two weeks for another time.”
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Danish royal palace told the journalists that Trump’s cancellation came as a “surprise.” At the White House on Wednesday, Trump told reporters the use of the word “absurd” in Frederiksen’s statement is what bothered him so much. “All she had to say was no, no we wouldn’t be interested,'” Trump said. He added that he believed the way she responded was an “inappropriate and very not nice way of saying something.”
He went on to announce that the concept of purchasing Greenland is not as ridiculous as some would like to believe. “This is an idea that has been discussed for many years. Harry Truman had the idea of buying Greenland. I had the idea. Other people have had the idea,” the president said. “It goes back into the early 1900s, but Harry Truman very strongly thought it was a good idea.”
Trump said that the statement by Frederiksen likely would have been tolerated under Obama, but it will not be allowed by his administration.
They can’t treat the United States with the statement ‘how absurd. You don’t talk to the United States that way, at least under me. Now, President Obama, when they wouldn’t let him land in the Philippines when they treated him so badly in so many places, Philippines is one that comes to mind, that’s different. That’s different. They can treat him any way they want to, that’s up to him.
In early September the president was set to travel to Denmark as part of a long-planned trip to Europe. Frederiksen said in a press conference that she was “surprised and disappointed” by Trump’s trip abandonment. She added that the purchase of Greenland “has clearly been rejected.”
Reports about Trump’s engagement in purchasing Greenland began leaking out last week. Sunday by reporters when asked about the likelihood, the president said he was interested in the property, but it was not a top priority for the administration at this time. He said it’s not on the top of their list, but they’re looking at it.
He remarked that Denmark is “carrying” Greenland “at a great loss” financially, something he reemphasized Wednesday, to reporters on. He said the purchase of Greenland would be strategic and “nice” for the United States.
“Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things could be done,” but first, we have to find out whether or not they have any interest.” Obviously, the purchase of Greenland is not going to be occurring anytime soon, but the president deserves praise and glory for standing up for the USA and not allowing someone like Frederiksen take advantage and walk all over us with belittled public statements.