WASHINGTON/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – President Donald Trump declared Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s dismissal of his concept to purchase Greenland “nasty” and an affront to america on Wednesday, a day after stunning Danes by canceling a Copenhagen go to over the rebuff.
Danes voiced disbelief at Trump’s choice to forgo the journey, though Frederiksen stated she believed relations with america, a NATO ally, wouldn’t be affected.
Trump, who constructed his profession as a businessman dealing in actual property, had mused brazenly in latest days a few U.S. buy of Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory wealthy in pure sources, elevating eyebrows in Europe and in america.
Former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen known as it “an April Idiot’s Day joke” and Frederiksen known as the concept “absurd.”
The latter remark set off Trump, who typically turns into riled up by criticism, actual or perceived. He introduced the cancellation of his deliberate Sept 2-Three journey to Denmark in a tweet late on Tuesday.
“I believed that the prime minister’s assertion … was nasty. I believed it was an inappropriate assertion. All she needed to do is say: ‘No, we wouldn’t have an interest,’” Trump advised reporters on the White Home on Wednesday. “She’s not speaking to me. She’s speaking to america of America. You don’t discuss to america that approach, at the least beneath me.”
Frederiksen, a center-left Social Democrat, stated she discovered of Trump’s choice “with remorse and shock”, given Denmark’s robust relations with Washington, however she repeated her opposition to any Greenland transaction.
She confused that Greenland’s premier, Kim Kielsen, had dominated out promoting off the territory and “I clearly agree with him.”
However Frederiksen stated america remained considered one of Denmark’s closest allies. “I don’t suppose the cancelling of this state go to ought to have an effect on any choices we make whether or not it’s on industrial cooperation or overseas and safety insurance policies.”
Trump’s choice elicited condemnation, outrage and mockery alike amongst Danish opposition leaders and the general public.
“So (Trump) has cancelled his go to to Denmark as a result of there was little interest in discussing promoting Greenland. Is that this some kind of joke? Deeply insulting to the individuals of Greenland and Denmark,” tweeted former Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt.
“Complete chaos with @realDonaldTrump and cancellation of state go to to Denmark. It has gone from a giant alternative for strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic disaster,” stated former Overseas Minister Kristian Jensen of the Liberal Occasion.
‘NOT FOR SALE’
Greenland, which is gaining consideration from world powers together with China, Russia and america due to its strategic location and mineral wealth, is self-governing however underdeveloped and depends on Denmark for financial help.
“Everybody ought to know Greenland shouldn’t be on the market,” Jensen stated of the world’s largest island, the place america has a navy presence on the Thule Air Base beneath a U.S.-Danish treaty courting to 1951.
“(Trump’s cancellation) may be very, very stunning, when it’s a few very shut ally and buddy,” stated Soren Espersen of the hard-right Danish Individuals’s Occasion.
He stated Trump had successfully snubbed Queen Margrethe, Denmark’s head of state. Trump and U.S. first woman Melania Trump have been formally invited to Denmark by the queen in July.
“It reveals why we now greater than ever ought to contemplate (fellow) European Union nations as our closest allies. The person is unpredictable,” stated Morten Ostergaard, chief of the Danish Social Liberal Occasion. “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 a U.S. buy of Greenland could be “a big actual property deal.”
The 2 nations gave the impression to be taking steps to handle tensions over the dispute.
Danish Overseas Minister Jeppe Kofod stated in a Twitter submit that he had a “frank, pleasant and constructive discuss” with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and declared the nations “shut associates and allies.”
The State Division stated Pompeo expressed thanks for Denmark’s cooperation as an ally. “The Secretary and Overseas Minister Kofod additionally mentioned strengthening cooperation with the Kingdom of Denmark – together with Greenland – within the Arctic,” it stated in a press release.
Trump stated he would go to Denmark one other time.
“Greenland was simply an concept, only a thought. However I believe once they say it was ‘absurd’ and it was stated in a really nasty, very sarcastic approach, I stated, ‘We’ll make it another time.’ We’ll go to Denmark – I like Denmark. I’ve been to Denmark. And, frankly, we’ll do it one other time. Respect needs to be proven to america,” he advised reporters.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former NATO secretary normal and Danish premier, stated Trump’s cancellation might work out for the most effective. “The Arctic’s safety and environmental challenges are too vital to be thought of alongside hopeless discussions just like the sale of Greenland,” he stated on Twitter.
Reporting by Jeff Mason and Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Further reporting by Andreas Mortensen and David Alexander; Modifying by Peter Cooney