Trump Doubles Down, Slams Denmark PM's 'Nasty' Jab: 'You Don't Talk to the US That Way'


President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments this week calling the concept of the U.S. buying Greenland “absurd.”

After media accounts last week indicated the U.S. was informally looking at the acquisition of Greenland, Trump was asked about it Sunday, according to a White House medial pool report, and indicated it was a concept being explored.

Frederiksen then called any conversation about buying Greenland “an absurd discussion,” CNN reported.

The U.S. president wasn’t happy.

Trump had been scheduled to visit Denmark on Sept. 2 and 3 as part of a European trip that includes a visit to Poland, but announced on Twitter he was canceling the Danish leg of the trip.

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“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 Tuesday.

“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct,” Trump added. “I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

Trump doubled down Wednesday, slamming Frederiksen’s “nasty” comments.

“I thought the prime minister’s statement that it was an absurd idea was nasty,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs.

Trump went even further, characterizing Frederiksen’s remarks as “inappropriate,” according to CNN’s Daniel Dale.

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“You don’t talk to the United States that way,” he said, as CNBC’s Eamon Javers reported.

“She’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America,” Trump said, per a White House media pool report.

Was Trump right to cancel his trip to Denmark?

Trump’s decision to cancel his trip to Denmark was criticized by a number of that country’s officials.

But not everyone was bashing Trump.

Kristian Søby Kristensen, a senior researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s department of political science, said Frederiksen’s next step should be taken with care because the U.S. is a vital NATO ally.

The U.S. “is — without comparison — Denmark’s most important ally when it comes to security policy, so it would be a very serious situation” if she offended the U.S. with her comment, Kristensen said, according to Politico.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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