US President Donald Trump Tuesday announced he was postponing a planned meeting with the prime minister of Denmark after she shot down his talk of possibly purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“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!” he added.
His announcement comes shortly after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen hit back at Trump for suggesting the US might be interested in purchasing Greenland, calling the idea “absurd.”
“Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant,” Frederiksen told reporters.
Trump was scheduled to visit Denmark on Sept. 2 following a trip to Poland. The president was expected to meet with the Queen of Denmark, other leaders and business officials.
He was also expected to meet Greenland’s prime minister, Kim Kielsen.
But the trip was complicated last week after it was reported that Trump had floated the possibility of purchasing Greenland.