US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of disrespecting the United States with a “nasty” and “inappropriate statement” opposing Trump’s bid to purchase Greenland.
“I thought that the prime minister’s statement that it was ‘absurd,’ that it was an ‘absurd’ idea, was nasty. I thought it was an inappropriate statement,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “All she had to do is say, ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested.’”
The president added: “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.”
Frederiksen on Sunday _dismissed_ as “an absurd discussion” the prospect of Trump’s administration buying the semi-autonomous Arctic territory, which is a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark.
“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,” she told the _Sermitsiaq_ newspaper.
Trump on Tuesday evening announced in a pair of tweets that he would cancel a planned state visit to Copenhagen in early September as a result of Frederiksen’s remarks.