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President Trump says he will delay a planned visit to Denmark after the country's prime minister has made it clear she has no intention of selling Greenland to the US and calls the idea "absurd".
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the president said Denmark was "a very special country with incredible people," but added; "Based on statements made by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen that she has no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will postpone our meeting …"
He said he would postpone his visit and thanked Frederiksen It's a very special country with incredible people, but according to comments from Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, she would not be interested in discussing the purchase of Greenland. I'll postpone our meeting to another time in two weeks.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Earlier this week, Trump confirmed a first reported story in The Wall Street Journal that he had asked for assistance to consider the idea of buying Greenland, a self-governing Danish Overseas Territory.
In conversation with reporters, he compared the idea with "a big" real estate business "and said," It's something we talked about. "He suggested that the island, which is financially dependent on Denmark, has become a burden on Copenhagen and" strategically interesting "for the United States.
In a tweet, the president released a digitally altered photo of one on Monday golden Trump Tower overlying a coastal village with the inscription "I promise not to harm Greenland!"
Trump, who had been invited to Denmark by Queen Margrethe II to arrive there on September 2, said Sunday any visit to the Scandinavian country would not serve to discuss an agreement with Greenland, an allegation he apparently disagreed with by canceling the trip.
In Denmark and Greenland, the response to the President's proposal was polite. " "to open derision."
"Greenland is not up for sale," Frederiksen said on a trip to Greenland earlier this week I hope that's not serious. "
Former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted in disbelief that the idea must be an" April Fool's joke. "