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Danish royal family 'surprised,' lawmakers fume as Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland
Fox News ^ | 08/21/2019 | By Lukas Mikelionis

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 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 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 Parliament’s leftist red-green alliance, tweeted that Trump “lives on another planet,” adding that he’s “smug and disrespectful.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: denmark; greenland; royals; ruthles
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1 posted on 08/21/2019 9:11:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


2 posted on 08/21/2019 9:13:10 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

Denmark didn’t deserve this. The royal family is superb. Trump needs to apologize.


3 posted on 08/21/2019 9:13:54 AM PDT by ruthles (.)
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To: kabar

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.


4 posted on 08/21/2019 9:15:30 AM PDT by cgbg (Democracy dies in darkness when Bezos bans books.)
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To: ruthles

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.


5 posted on 08/21/2019 9:15:31 AM PDT by Trump20162020
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To: SeekAndFind

Greenland has requested a visit and suggests low balling the danes because they need to sell.


6 posted on 08/21/2019 9:15:55 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: kabar

Yep.

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.


7 posted on 08/21/2019 9:16:14 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: SeekAndFind

Awww...go chew on some Narwhal Blubber.


8 posted on 08/21/2019 9:16:43 AM PDT by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne)
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To: cgbg

Trump could melt all that ice and see what’s underneath


9 posted on 08/21/2019 9:17:48 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: ruthles

They will be superb _after_ they sell us Greenland.

Until then, not so superb. :-)


10 posted on 08/21/2019 9:18:43 AM PDT by cgbg (Democracy dies in darkness when Bezos bans books.)
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To: ruthles

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.


11 posted on 08/21/2019 9:19:45 AM PDT by jimtorr
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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.

Um, yep. Couldn't agree more.
12 posted on 08/21/2019 9:20:04 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Yeah, let's GO THERE. I'm ready...)
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To: ruthles

Seriously!?
Good grief!


13 posted on 08/21/2019 9:20:17 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: kabar

That sounds accurate


14 posted on 08/21/2019 9:20:44 AM PDT by wardaddy (I applaud Jim Robinson for his comments on the Southern Monuments decision ...thank you)
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To: ruthles
Trump needs to apologize.

Whatever you say, Mitt.

15 posted on 08/21/2019 9:20:54 AM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: ruthles

Your pacifier is in your safe space.


16 posted on 08/21/2019 9:21:39 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: ruthles
Trump needs to apologize.

FOR WHAT?!?!?!

17 posted on 08/21/2019 9:22:22 AM PDT by Roccus (When you talk to a politician...ANY politician...always say, "Remember Ceausescu")
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To: ruthles

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.


18 posted on 08/21/2019 9:22:37 AM PDT by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne)
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To: kabar
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.

That's pretty much Standard Operating Procedure for EU countries.


19 posted on 08/21/2019 9:22:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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To: kabar

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.


20 posted on 08/21/2019 9:22:58 AM PDT by traderrob6
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