Donald Trump says that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called him and they had & # 39; a great conversation &, when he reversed an attack on the American ally he & # 39; filthy & # 39; because of her refusal to sell Greenland.
"She called me, a great woman, we had a good conversation, we have a very good relationship with Denmark, and we agreed to speak later," he said Friday night. & # 39; But she was very nice. she called and I appreciated that. & # 39;
The Frederiksen office said on Friday that the two leaders spoke at the end of Thursday and the Danish media reported that the call & # 39; constructively & # 39; used to be. The White House had not confirmed the call, but it is supposed to be the first time that the two spoke since Trump announced that he would cancel his two-day state visit.
He planned to visit Denmark on 2 and 3 September, until he postponed his journey while trading barbs on Greenland.
Donald Trump says that Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen called him and that they had & # 39; a great conversation & # 39;
He called an attack on the American ally that he & # 39; nasty & # 39; because of her refusal to sell Greenland
The two leaders got verbal punches after the president had the idea to buy Greenland – a Danish territory Frederiksen called the plan & # 39; absurd & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Greenland is not for sale and the idea of US President Donald Trump to buy Danish semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is an absurd discussion & # 39 ;, she said Monday when reports about Trump & # 39 ; s desire to leak Greenland.
Trump, in retaliation, canceled the first visit of his presidential visit to Denmark, which was originally set up as one thanks to the small Northern European nation, which is a member of NATO and has supported US military missions in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
& # 39; I thought the prime minister's statement that it was absurd – that it was an absurd idea – was filthy. I thought it was an inappropriate statement. She only had to say no, we would not be interested & he said about her response to his offer.
He also accused her of insulting the United States with her response.
& # 39; She's not talking to me, & # 39; he said about Frederiksen. & # 39; She talks to the United States of America. You don't talk to the United States like that. At least among me. & # 39;
& # 39; I didn't like the statement – the way she let me go, & # 39; he added later. & # 39; We have done a lot for Denmark. & # 39;
Greenland handles its own internal affairs, but Denmark concerns its national security and external relations. The Danes also pay for 50 percent of the island budget in direct subsidies with extra spending on defense.
In total, Denmark spends around $ 740 million annually on Greenland, which has only 56,000 inhabitants.
The island is home to the American Thule Air Base. The northernmost American base is part of the global network of radars and other sensors for ballistic missile warnings and space surveillance.
Interest in Greenland has grown as the ice sheet melts and more resources become available. The melting ice is also changing the availability of shipping routes in the Arctic. China and Russia have shown interest in the island.
A 2014 report from the Brookings Institute noted that the mineral and energy resources of Greenland – including iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, rare earth elements, uranium and oil – are becoming increasingly accessible due to the melting of ice.
President Trump was invited by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for a state visit that would have stopped in Warsaw, Poland, where the president will participate in a series of ceremonies in honor of the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.
First lady Melania Trump would have accompanied him and dinner with the queen was on the agenda.
Greenland, which lies between the North and Atlantic, has seen its strategic value grow
The president initially claimed that the visit would not be about a Greenlandic purchase, his sudden cancellation raised doubts about the intentions of his trip.
& # 39; Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's comments that she would not be interested in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will schedule our two-week meeting for another postpone times & # 39 ;, said the president wrote Tuesday night on Twitter.
Frederiksen, who took over two months ago as Denmark's second female head of government and the leader of the left-wing Social-Democratic party, said that relations between Copenhagen and Washington are not, in my opinion, in a crisis & # 39; after Trump announced the cancellation.
& # 39; I do not believe that the cancellation should have any influence on other matters, & # 39; she said.
She also confirmed on Wednesday that & # 39; there was a discussion about a possible sale of Greenland & # 39 ;.
But she noted: & # 39; It has been rejected by Prime Minister Kim Kielsen, and I fully support that & # 39;
The prime minister said she was & # 39; disappointed and surprised & # 39; was by Trump's decision to cancel his two-day stop in her country.
But she told reporters that & # 39; the invitation for stronger strategic collaboration with Americans in the Arctic is still open & # 39 ;.
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