SALT LAKE CITY — World leaders are reacting to President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after he learned that Greenland wasn’t for sale.
On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that he would no longer visit Copenhagen after he learned that Greenland wasn’t for sale, USA Today reports.
“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 wrote.
“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,” Trump said. “I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”
....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Frederiksen said she felt “annoyed” over Trump’s choice to cancel the meeting.
“Our preparations were well under way,” she said, according to BBC News.
She further expressed that Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, isn’t for sale.
Trump responded to Frederiksen on Wednesday while speaking to reporters outside the White House, according to BuzzFeed News.
“I thought the prime minister’s statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea, was nasty. I thought it was inappropriate. All she had to do was say, ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested,’” Trump said.
”She’s not talking to me. She’s talking to the United States of America,” the president added. “You don’t talk to the United States that way.”
But the Danish PM wasn’t alone in criticizing Trump. Michael Aastrup Jensen, a member of the Danish parliament, told The Washington Post that he didn’t support Trump’s decision, either.
“It’s an insult from a close friend and ally,” Jensen told The Post. Jensen said he, along with other people in Denmark, thought Trump’s interest was a joke before he realized “this disaster” was real.
He said Danish lawmakers feel the president “lacks even basic diplomatic skills,” he said. “There was no word (ahead of time) about: ‘I want to buy Greenland and that’s why I’m coming.’”
Meanwhile, Morten Østergaard, the leader of the country’s center-left party Radikale Venstre, tweeted her thoughts, according to NBC News.
“The reality is stranger than fiction. It shows why, more than ever, we should regard E.U. countries as our closest allies. The man is unreliable.”
Soren Espersen, a member of parliament of the right-wing group Dansk Folkeparti, was angry over the decision, too, NBC News reported.
“So Mr. Trump — you have now decided to postpone your visit to Denmark. Why not just cancel? We are so busy here with other things ...” wrote Søren Espersen, a member of Parliament for the populist right-wing Dansk Folkeparti.