‘Nasty!’: Trump lashes out at Danish leader over reaction to US buying Greenland
The US President did not take the Danish Prime Minister’s dismissal well.
US President Donald Trump took Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comment about purchasing Greenland as “absurd” personally. He cancelled his planned visit to Denmark and lashed out at the country’s PM, calling her reaction “nasty” and “inappropriate.”
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
"I thought that the prime minister's statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea was nasty," he was quoted as saying by BBC.
....The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
"I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to do is say no, we wouldn't be interested."
The president also projected his own feelings onto the country he leads, claiming that Frederiksen insulted United States as a whole.
"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, at least under me."
The prime minister reacted gracefully to this tirade and said that the relationship between the two countries is not affected in the least by the situation and the invitation to President Trump “remains open.”
"This does not change the character of our good relations and we will continue our dialogue on how we can deal with challenges we are facing," BBC quoted Frederiksen as saying.
Earlier, Donald Trump expressed a desire to purchase Greenland, the world’s biggest island and an autonomous Danish territory. This idea triggered an avalanche in the media, with varying reactions from utter horror to jokes.