Shock in Denmark After Trump, Spurned Over Greenland, Cancels Visit

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Danes expressed shock and disbelief on Wednesday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a state visit to Denmark after its prime minister rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland.

Trump’s proposal at first elicited incredulity and humor from politicians in Denmark, a NATO ally of the United States, with former premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen saying: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.”

But the mood turned to shock when Trump called off the Sept. 2-3 visit after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called his idea of the United States buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, “absurd”.

“Total chaos with @realDonaldTrump and cancellation of state visit to Denmark. It has gone from a big opportunity for strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic crisis,” former foreign minister Kristian Jensen, a member of the opposition Liberal Party, said on Twitter.

“Everyone should know Greenland is not for sale,” Jensen said of the world’s largest island, which has considerable mineral wealth and a U.S. military presence at the Thule Air Base under a U.S.-Danish treaty dating to 1951.

Frederiksen, who had been due to hold talks with Trump in Copenhagen, was unavailable for a comment as she was traveling after a visit to Greenland and Iceland earlier this week.

She said earlier this week Greenland was “not for sale” and she hoped Trump’s proposal was “not meant seriously”.

“SHOCKING”

“It is very, very shocking, when it is about a very close ally and a good friend,” Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the hard right Danish People’s Party, told Danish news agency Ritzau.

He described Trump’s cancellation as an offense to Queen Margrethe, Denmark’s head of state, and that he did not expect another visit by the U.S. president would happen.

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were formally invited to Denmark by Queen Margrethe in July.

“It shows why we now more than ever should consider (fellow) European Union countries as our closest allies. The man is unpredictable,” said Morten Ostergaard, leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party. “Reality surpasses imagination.”

Trump, whose “America First” policies have resulted in strained relations with the EU over trade and other issues, said on Sunday that a U.S. purchase of Greenland would be “a large real estate deal”, though not an immediate priority.

“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 tweeted on Tuesday.

Greenland, which is gaining attention from world powers including China, Russia and the United States due to its strategic location and mineral resources, is self-governing but depends on Denmark for economic support.

Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, a lawmaker from Greenland’s opposition party Inuit Ataqatigiit party, said she was not surprised at the cancellation but it underlined the territory’s importance.

“The U.S. is an interesting ally for Greenland, but we also wish for Greenland to remain in the union we have today,” she told Reuters.

(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard)

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Trisha Barton
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Waiting to find out the main reason he wants Greenland. Not sure snubbing the Queen was a good move. But with our POTUS, if we wait a few days, we will find out more and back him completely. He’s still the best president ever, in my nearly 7 decades!!!

Screwtape
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Cherl,

Two minor corrections.

1. the Genitally Confused one was conditioned to think well of himself, despite reality or lack of thinking ability. He may have a few participation trophies on display in his “apartment” in his Mom’s basement.

2. He wasn’t picked for teams. He was picked ON by teams. It got him used to the negative attention his deficiencies receive here.

Like Al Frankegroper’s character Stuart Smalley he believes he’s good enough, smart enough, and that people like him. Unfortunately for him “enough” is pretty lame and he’s confused the special ed teachers for people in general.

Robin
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The United States has considered trying to purchase Greenland since about 1867, when it was purchasing Alaska. Again, in 1946, and throughout the Cold War. Strategically, it is very important to America’s security. Why else do we maintain a military base there? So, no, Trump is not guilty of anything except being blunt when talking about this. To laugh at the idea is what is childish and dumb.

Friend
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Haters will always hate, no matter what President Trump says or does. Never mind the supposedly mineral deposits. Purchasing Greenland is more significant than the Louisiana purchase in history. Greenland strategically sits at the cross road between America and Europe. More importantly, it’s only a skip and a hop over the Arctic from Russia. Every foes of the United States are interested in Greenland–the Russians and China. The island is so significant that we have established a military base there for more than 70 years. It protected sea lanes between America and Europe during WWII and currently an importantly location… Read more »

Cherl
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*Generally Confused* “CHILD king*. Well if anyone knows about a child it is certainly you and your silly name calling and rhetoric. Trying to make Confused a buzz word to attempt to be identified is beyond childish. As you can see no one takes you seriously. Betting you were the kid that no one picked for a team at recess. You’re just plan annoying.

Phoenix
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A textbook example of the difference between business and diplomacy.

Otis
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I don’t blame Greenland for not wanting to be purchased, but they are of strategic importance. Denmark should not be surprised by this.

Friend
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Trump owns 130 successful companies, and in his lifetime only 3 have gone bankrupt. A track record the far left haters will never comprehend. But it shows he is capable of some very tough negotiations. Something else the far left haters are clueless about. Which is clearly evidenced by the comments in the media and other places like here.

Bottom line is this. What ever the far left haters say, is always wrong and should be ignored. They are brain damaged morons who bankrupt economies, and sow division everyone they operate.

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