Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, spoke with the Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod Thursday about the cancelation of the US President Donald Trump’s visit to Denmark, reported Hurriyet Daily News.
US Department of State issued a statement, saying that “Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone today with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod regarding the postponement of President Trump’s travel to Denmark.”
“The Secretary expressed appreciation for Denmark’s cooperation as one of the United States’ allies and Denmark’s contribution to address shared global security priorities. The Secretary and Foreign Minister Kofod also discussed strengthening cooperation with the Kingdom of Denmark – including Greenland – in the Arctic.”
President Trump canceled his visit to Denmark, scheduled to take place later in August, because of comments by Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen that the country wouldn’t be interested in selling Greenland. “Greenland is not for sale,” she said.
President Trump said Wednesday that prime minister’s statement “was nasty.”
“I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to do is say: ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested.’ She’s not talking to me. She’s talking to the United States of America. You don’t talk to the United States that way, at least under me.”
Frederiksen said that she was upset to learn about Trump’s decision, but noted it should not affect the countries’ bilateral relations.
“I don’t think the cancelling of this state visit should affect any decisions we make whether it is on commercial cooperation or foreign and security policies.”
Former Prime Minister of Greenland found Trump’s decision to cancel his visit “deeply insulting.”
“So the POTUS has cancelled his visit to Denmark because there was no interest in discussing selling Greenland. IS this some sort of joke? Deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark,» she wrote.
So the POTUS has cancelled his visit to Denmark because there was no interest in discussing selling Greenland @BBCRadio4 Is this some sort of joke? Deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark.
— Helle Thorning S (@HelleThorning_S) August 21, 2019
President Trump stated he would visit Denmark another time.
“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.’ We will go to Denmark – I love Denmark. I’ve been to Denmark. And, frankly, we’ll do it another time. Respect has to be shown to the United States.”
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