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WorldTrump, Danish leader had ‘constructive’ call after war of words, both U.S. and Denmark say

02:20  24 august  2019
02:20  24 august  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Greenland's leader rips Trump: Idea of buying territory 'not something to joke about'

Greenland's leader rips Trump: Idea of buying territory 'not something to joke about' Greenland's premier on Tuesday denounced President Trump after he shared an edited picture depicting a Trump Tower on the semi-autonomous Danish territory. 

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had said she had no interest in discussing the sale of Greenland. Ms. Frederiksen, asked about his remarks on Danish television, said , “I’m not going to enter a war of words with Any offer from Mr. Trump should be addressed to both Denmark and Greenland, Mr

The dust-up could have wider ramifications, analysts said . “The president’ s anger and his menacing tweet about Danish defense spending reignites “I’m not going to enter a war of words with anybody, nor with the American president,” she said on Danish television. She added that she found the

President Trump held a “constructive” telephone conversation with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, both Danish and U.S. officials said Friday, as the NATO allies appeared to back away from a confrontation over Trump’s abrupt cancellation of a planned visit to Denmark.

Trump, Danish leader had ‘constructive’ call after war of words, both U.S. and Denmark say© Mads Claus Rasmussen/AP Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen makes a comment about President Trump's cancellation of his scheduled visit, in front of the State Department in Copenhagen, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.

“The President had a phone call yesterday with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark. The call was constructive, and we look forward to working with our Danish partners on many critical issues,” a senior Trump administration official said Friday.

Trump postpones meeting with Denmark's leader over Greenland comments

Trump postpones meeting with Denmark's leader over Greenland comments President Trump on Tuesday announced he was postponing a planned meeting with the prime minister of Denmark after she shot down his talk of possibly purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. © Getty Images Trump postpones meeting with Denmark's leader over Greenland comments "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 tweeted.

A former Danish prime minister has criticized U . S . President Trump had earlier written on Twitter that Denmark only commits 1.35 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to defense. Trump said the prime minister’ s comment “was nasty…all she had to say was ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested.’”

He called her response “nasty” and called off a visit to Denmark that was scheduled for next month. Danish leaders and citizens largely see the United States as an important ally, and Danes But Ms. Frederiksen has sought to quell the uproar over Mr. Trump ’ s interest in buying Greenland, a

Frederiksen’s office had announced the conversation earlier in the day and also said it took place on Thursday.

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Trump announced Tuesday night that he was calling off a state visit to Copenhagen early next month because Frederiksen refused to entertain the sale of Greenland.

Frederiksen told reporters Wednesday she was surprised and considered the cancellation a missed opportunity. Preparations for the two-day visit were “well underway,” she said.

Danes had reacted with a mix of outrage and amusement to news that Trump wanted to discuss purchasing the self-governing country that is part of the kingdom of Denmark.

Trump cancels Denmark trip after PM says Greenland isn't for sale

Trump cancels Denmark trip after PM says Greenland isn't for sale Trump had expressed interested in buying Greenland, a Danish territory.

All she had to say was say , ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested.'” Frederiksen said the U . S . remains one of Denmark ’ s close allies. Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Pompeo and Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod “also discussed strengthening cooperation with the Kingdom of Denmark

Trump , who has urged NATO members to do more to meet the alliance' s goal of committing 2 2-3 visit to Denmark on Tuesday, after Frederiksen had called Trump ' s idea to buy Greenland "an All she had to say was say , 'No, we wouldn't be interested.'" Frederiksen said the U . S . remains one of

Frederiksen called the idea of the sale “absurd,” angering Trump.

He said her reaction had been “nasty.”

“I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “She shouldn’t treat the United States that way.”

Danes have long considered themselves to have a particularly close relationship with the United States. Denmark actively supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq beginning in 2003, even as France and Germany refused to do so, and served alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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