Donald Trump cancels trip to Denmark after hearing Greenland is not for sale
Poor Donald won't be buying Greenland anytime soon.
Donald Trump said that he is postponing a meeting with the Danish Prime Minister because she was not interested in discussing a potential sale of Greenland.
On Tuesday night, the US president said that since the prime minster had "no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland”, he had decided to postpone their meeting, which was due to take place in two weeks' time.
Speaking on Sunday during a trip to Greenland, PM Mette Frederiksen called Trump's plan to purchase the island, a semi-autonomous Danish territory, “an absurd discussion”.
Trump did praise Frederiksen for her quick decision, however, saying: "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. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!"
Frederiksen wasn't alone in her criticism of Trump's idea.
Former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted: "It must be an April Fool’s Day joke... but totally out of [season]!"
Trump, meanwhile, was busy giving the whole situation the meme treatment. Seriously.
I promise not to do this to Greenland! pic.twitter.com/03DdyVU6HA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Greenland has a population of about 56,000 people concentrated around the coastline, almost 90% of whom are indigenous Greenlandic Inuit people.
It also has a limited self-government and its own parliament.