President Donald Trump said he would postpone his meeting with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, and thanked her for saving time by “being so direct” in commenting about the idea of Greenland purchase.
President Trump revealed on Sunday, Aug. 18, that he would go to Poland and then may go to Denmark on a trip at the end of this month, but said, “I’m not necessarily definitely going there, but I may be going.”
In a tweet on Tuesday, Aug. 20, President Trump confirmed, “I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” citing Frederiksen’s comments “that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland.”
Now when there is perhaps not anything to discuss between the two sides, the president thanked the Danish leader for saving time and money by being direct.
“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 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Speaking to reporters on Aug. 18, President Trump said the idea of buying Greenland popped up during talks within his administration, and the purchase may be strategically nice for the United States.
“Denmark essentially owns it,” President Trump said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world.”
But Denmark has rejected the idea. Prime Minister Frederiksen said on Aug. 18, “Greenland is not for sale.”
Frederiksen affirmed that the United States is Denmark’s “most important ally” and looks forward to President Trump visiting the country because it is important for the Danish-American relationship.