Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Donald Trump cancelled Denmark trip ‘as he doesn’t want to be compared to Obama’ | World | News

The President announced he was ditching the Denmark leg of his European tour next month after being refused permission to buy Greenland, an autonomous country of the Danish crown. He made the announcement without telling his ambassador to Copenhagen, who had just tweeted: “Denmark is ready for the President of the United States.” Queen Margrethe had formally invited Mr Trump to visit Denmark on September 2. 

But in recent days it has emerged that Mr Trump wants to buy Greenland, which is rich in minerals and is strategically located between the US, the Arctic and Russia. 

The prime ministers of Greenland and Denmark, Kim Kielsen and Mette Frederiksen, both said the huge island is not for sale. 

Ms Frederiksen described it as “an absurd discussion”. 

In response, Mr Trump called her comments “nasty and inappropriate” and “a very not nice way of saying something”. 

Mr Trump yesterday tweeted: “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.”

Ms Frederiksen said that she was “disappointed and surprised” but insisted that diplomatic relations between Copenhagen and Washington “are not in any crisis”. 

She said: “I don’t think the cancelling of this state visit should affect any decisions we make whether it is on commercial ­co-operation or foreign and security policies.” 

Some observers believe the cancellation may be linked to the fact that Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, plans to visit Denmark at the end of September and that the President fears being compared unfavourably to him. 

Trump expert and author David Frum said: “Trump was scared of the likely contrast. Trump knows Obama is bigger than he is, around the world as well as in the United States. 

“That knowledge tortures Trump.” 

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