Danish royal family ‘surprised’ Trump canceled visit over Greenland

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Danish royal family ‘surprised’ Trump canceled visit over Greenland
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Danish royal family ‘surprised’ Trump canceled visit over Greenland
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The head of communications for the Danish royal family said they were surprised President Trump decided to cancel his planned trip to the country, adding that they have nothing more to say on the matter. The rift between the president and Denmark comes as a result of Trump’s interest in purchasing Greenland from the nation. Earlier this week, the president called Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s reaction to the proposal “nasty” after she suggested the purchase was “absurd.”

On Tuesday, President Trump made it clear that he was canceling the planned trip over Frederiksen’s comments about the proposed deal. However, he called Denmark “a very special country with incredible people” as he made the announcement. He added that he was looking forward to rescheduling the meeting sometime in the future.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the president called Frederiksen’s reaction an insult to the US. “I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off,” Trump told reporters. “She shouldn’t treat the United States that way.”

Greenland, the largest non-continental island in the world, is considered an autonomous region of Denmark. The country is strategically located between Canada, Russia, and Europe. In 1946, under President Harry Truman, the US offered $100 million worth of gold to Denmark for the country.

The US had been expressing interest in purchasing the country even prior to the 1900s. In 1867, US Secretary of State William H. Seward pursued the possibility of purchasing Greenland and Iceland. Although, the US wouldn’t make its first official offer until nearly 80 years later.

Regardless of the historical context, Prime Minister Frederiksen doesn’t seem very interested in striking a deal. “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant,” she said in response to the president’s interest.

Trump and Frederiksen appear to have buried the hatchet over the weekend, at least to some extent, following a conversation on the phone. “We had a great conversation. We have a very good relationship with Denmark, and we agreed to speak later,” Trump told reporters on Friday evening. “But she was very nice. She put a call in, and I appreciated it very much.”

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