Skip to comments.Danish royal family 'surprised,' lawmakers fume as Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland
Posted on 08/21/2019 9:11:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Danish royal family was surprised after President Trump scrapped a planned visit to Denmark following comments by the country's prime minister that the idea the U.S. might buy Greenland from them was absurd.
Trump had been expected to visit Denmark on Sept. 2-3 as part of his trip to Europe, but until his tweets Tuesday, there were no solid indications the visit was centered on buying Greenland.
"Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksens 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 White House later clarified that the entire trip to Denmark had been scrapped, including a planned meeting with Denmark's Queen Margrethe II.
The cancellation of the visit left the Danish royal family flabbergasted, while other politicians said the snub was deeply insulting.
It [the cancellation] was a surprise -- we have nothing more to say about this case, said Lene Balleby, head of communications for the Danish royal family.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former prime minister, tweeted that Trump's cancellation was deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark, while ex-foreign minister Martin Lidegaard told Danish broadcaster TV2 that the situation was a diplomatic farce and slammed Trump for grotesque behavior.
Total chaos, the former finance minister Kristian Jensen wrote. This has gone from a great opportunity for a strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic crisis.
Pernille Skipper, the speaker of Parliaments leftist red-green alliance, tweeted that Trump lives on another planet, adding that hes smug and disrespectful.
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IMO Trump is pissed because there were probably behind the scenes discussions with the Danes who seemed receptive to the possibility. When it became public, the Danes feigned surprise and dismissed it as absurd. Trump responded by canceling the trip.
Denmark didnt deserve this. The royal family is superb. Trump needs to apologize.
The Danes need to get a copy of Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal”.
Then they won’t be surprised any more.
A US acquisition of Greenland would be _great_ for US national morale—and Trump _can_ make it happen.
Apologizing is the dumbest thing you can do in U.S. politics. Especially if you’re a conservative and the mainstream media is against you, unlike with Democrats.
Greenland has requested a visit and suggests low balling the danes because they need to sell.
Trump’s tweet was just a not-very-well disguised FU to the Danes.
And, as it turns out, fully deserved. “This has gone from a great opportunity for a strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic crisis.
Yeah. Sure. A “diplomatic crisis” with a country we really couldn’t (and shouldn’t) care less about.
Awww...go chew on some Narwhal Blubber.
Trump could melt all that ice and see what’s underneath
They will be superb _after_ they sell us Greenland.
Until then, not so superb. :-)
Did you read the comments by Danish politicians? Perhaps Trump simply didn’t want to go to Denmark and have to hear/read all of that up close and personal.
That sounds accurate
Whatever you say, Mitt.
Your pacifier is in your safe space.
Apologize for canceling a trip, when nobody really knows the actual reason for the cancellation? The press can speculate, but whatever the reason, it’s President Trump’s decision to make.
Precisely, Trump just didn’t come up with this Greenland sale out of the clear blue.
My suspicion is that there were some hint’s from The Danes that the Greenland sale would be up for discussion then Frederiksenthen comes out in public with the “absurd” comment and pi$$ed Trump off.
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