With Greenland in the crosshairs, Denmark lashes out at White House over Trump trip itinerary

Last week, a surprising inference by the Trump administration caused more than a few raised eyebrows in the international community.  It appeared as though US President Donald Trump was maybe, sort of serious about buying Greenland.

Suddenly, we were thrust back into our high school social studies and government classes, reminding ourselves of The Louisiana Purchase and the terribly lopsided deal that saw Long Island purchased from the local Native Americans for pocket change and beads.

Denmark, who technically rules over the pseudo-autonomous nation of Greenland, was quick to dismiss Trump’s suggestions, eventually calling them “absurd”.

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In the wake of that proclamation, President Trump is now canceling his trip to visit Denmark.

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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she is “disappointed and surprised” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Arctic territory of Greenland from Denmark “an absurd discussion.”

Trump, who was scheduled to visit Denmark on Sept. 2-3 as part of a European tour, tweeted his decision early Wednesday. The cancellation stunned Danes and blindsided the Danish royal palace, with spokeswoman Lene Balleby telling The Associated Press it came as “a surprise” to the royal household, which had formally invited Trump.

“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 said.

Not only does the President’s tweet make clear his intentions for the upcoming trip to Europe, it certainly adds another layer to the seriousness of his proposal to purchase Greenland.

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