Trump refers to Greenland rejection as "nasty"

By Doug Mattushek - 24 August 2019Views : 695

Donald Trump snapped back on Wednesday at the Danish prime minister's "nasty" dismissal of his attempts to purchase Greenland.

This snap back has heightened a row which has already prompted the US president to scrap a state visit.

Just hours after he announced he would not visit Copenhagen next month as scheduled, Trump accused Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of insulting the United States as a whole by rejecting talk of buying Greenland as "absurd".

The Prime Minister has voiced her annoyance at Trump's cancellation, this war of words marks another spat between the US and one of its traditional allies since Trump came into power, two years ago.

President Trump has characterised his idea of buying Greenland as essentially "a real estate" deal, suggesting that it is a burden on Denmark as the autonomous territory's economy depends heavily on subsidies from Copenhagen.

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Trump addressed reporters at the White House, saying that he was not the first US president to have raised the idea of buying the vast Artic island which has housed a American air base since even before it become formally a part of Denmark.

"Greenland was just an idea, just a thought. But I think when they say it was 'absurd'- and it was said in a very nasty, very sarcastic way- I said, 'We'll make it some other time", Trump said.

However, the postponement of Trump's visit, which was annonnced on Twitter, has sparked strong reactions in Denmark.

With Rasmus Jarlov, a member of the opposition Danish Conservative Party, tweeting "Are parts of the US for sale? Alaska? Please show more respect".