Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Donald Trump news: US President hits out at ‘nasty’ comments from Danish PM | World | News

On Wednesday, Trump told reporters outside the White House that Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, was wrong and somewhat disrespectful in her response to reports the President wanted to buy Greenland. He said: “All she had to do was say, ‘no we’d rather not do that’ or ‘we’d rather not talk about it’. “Don’t say ‘what an absurd idea that is’ because she’s not talking to me – she’s talking to the United States of America’ you don’t talk to the United States that way.” He labelled Ms Frederiksen’s remarks as “nasty” and “inappropriate” and seemed dumbfounded by the reaction from the Dane.

The event led to Trump announcing that a planned visit to Denmark would be cancelled – just two weeks before it was set to go ahead.

Though enraged, Trump maintained his professionalism and offered a kind word about Denmark and its people.

He called it ”a very special country with incredible people,” but reiterated that “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….”

It is not yet fully understood why Trump wanted to buy the island, but theories have since sprung up all over social media, with one arguing that Trump wants Greenland for it’s abundance of natural resources being made available by accelerating rates of melting permafrost.

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Another, posed by the President himself, came in the form of a photo – a giant Trump Tower on the shores of Greenland, though the president made sure to dispel any seriousness from the photoshopped image by tweeting the caption: “I promise not to do this to Greenland.”

Greenland has a population of 56,000, and is classed as a region of Denmark, though enjoys full autonomy.

The island is nearly three times the size of Texas and larger still than the largest US state of Alaska – Greenland is considered the world’s biggest island.

Though it is technically part of Denmark, Greenland has grown further apart from Copenhagen as of recent, which led to the nation’s politicians feeling somewhat helpless and frustrated.

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Greenland Prime Minister Kim Kielsen told the Associated Press that the subject of buying the territory was “not something to joke about” following Trump’s photoshopped tweet.

Trump’s move would be similar to that of former Secretary of State William Seward who, in 1721, bought Alaska from Russia for the hefty sum of $7.2million.

And, Trump isn’t the only US President to try to buy Greenland, with President Harry Truman going one step further by offering $100million in gold for the island.

On Saturday, Trump told journalists that Denmark was “losing almost $700 million a year carrying” Denmark, and suggested it may come of strategic significance to the US in the future.

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