COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen held a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump on Friday, calling her "angry" when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity.
Both leaders spoke late Thursday and Danish media reported that the call was "constructive". According to Frederiksen's office, details of the discussion are not published.
It is believed that this was the first time the two had spoken since Frederiksen repeatedly said that the US remained one of Denmark's closest allies and took office on June 27. [1
She also said that Denmark is not doing its own Greenland, which is one of its people. The sparsely populated island is part of the Danish Empire and has its own government and parliament.
The political Brouhaha on the largest island in the world is based on its strategic location in the Arctic. Global warming makes Greenland more accessible to potential oil and mineral resources. Russia, China, the US, Canada and other countries are striving for the strongest possible claim on the Arctic countries and hope for future riches.
The sparsely populated island, four times behind Copenhagen, became a Danish colony in 1775 and remained so until 1953, when Denmark revised its constitution and turned the island into a province.
In 1979, Greenland and its 56,000 inhabitants, who are mainly native Inuit, enjoyed widespread rule over their homeland, but Denmark still governs foreign and defense policy as well as monetary issues.
Denmark pays Greenland 4.5 billion kroner (US $ 670 million) in annual subsidies, whose economy otherwise depends on fishing and related industries.