COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish leaders expressed shock and disbelief on Wednesday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a state go to to Denmark after its prime minister rebuffed his curiosity in buying Greenland.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Drive One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., en path to Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Trump’s proposal at first elicited incredulity and humor from politicians in Denmark, a NATO ally of the USA, with former premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen saying: “It should be an April Idiot’s Day joke.”
However the temper turned to shock when Trump known as off the Sept. 2-Three go to after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen known as his thought of the USA shopping for Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, “absurd”.
“Complete chaos with @realDonaldTrump and cancellation of state go to to Denmark. It has gone from an enormous alternative for strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic disaster,” former international minister Kristian Jensen, a member of the opposition Liberal Celebration, stated on Twitter.
“Everybody ought to know Greenland just isn’t on the market,” Jensen stated of the world’s largest island, which has appreciable mineral wealth and a U.S. army presence on the Thule Air Base below a U.S.-Danish treaty relationship to 1951.
Frederiksen, who had been as a result of maintain talks with Trump in Copenhagen, deliberate a information convention afterward Wednesday.
She stated earlier this week Greenland was “not on the market” and she or he hoped Trump’s proposal was “not meant severely”.
“(Trump’s cancellation) could be very, very surprising, when it’s a couple of very shut ally and a great buddy,” Soren Espersen, the international affairs spokesman for the onerous proper Danish Folks’s Celebration, advised Danish information company Ritzau.
He described Trump’s resolution as a snub to Queen Margrethe, Denmark’s head of state. Trump and U.S. First Girl Melania Trump had been formally invited to Denmark by Queen Margrethe in July.
“It exhibits why we now greater than ever ought to take into account (fellow) European Union international locations as our closest allies. The person is unpredictable,” stated Morten Ostergaard, chief of the Danish Social Liberal Celebration. “Actuality surpasses creativeness.”
Trump, whose “America First” insurance policies have resulted in strained relations with the EU over commerce and different points, stated on Sunday U.S. buy of Greenland could be “a big actual property deal.”
“Denmark is a really particular nation with unimaginable folks, however primarily based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s feedback, that she would have no real interest in discussing the acquisition of Greenland, I shall be suspending our assembly scheduled in two weeks for an additional time,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO secretary basic and Danish premier, stated Trump’s cancellation may work out for one of the best. “The Arctic’s safety and environmental challenges are too necessary to be thought of alongside hopeless discussions just like the sale of Greenland,” he stated on Twitter.
Greenland, which is gaining consideration from world powers together with China, Russia and the USA as a result of its strategic location and mineral wealth, is self-governing however underdeveloped and depends on Denmark for financial assist.
“I feel it’s unhappy (Trump) just isn’t coming, as a result of we may have had quite a lot of demonstrations displaying that we don’t agree together with his politics, and particularly his local weather politics,” Hans Pedersen, a panorama architect, advised Reuters in Copenhagen.
A six-meter (20-foot)-tall inflatable blimp depicting a child model of Trump, most lately seen at a protest in London, will reappear at an anti-Trump rally to be held in Copenhagen on Sept. 2 regardless of the president’s no-show, organizers stated.
Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, a lawmaker from Greenland’s opposition social gathering Inuit Ataqatigiit social gathering, stated she was not stunned on the cancellation but it surely underlined the territory’s significance.
“The U.S. is an fascinating ally for Greenland, however we additionally want for Greenland to stay within the union we have now right now.”
Extra reporting by Andreas Mortensen; Enhancing by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Mark Heinrich