Donald Trump launches attack on Danish Prime Minister, calling her comments "nasty"
It's been quite a day for the US President.
Donald Trump has said he cancelled his long-planned trip to Denmark because the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, criticised his attempt to buy Greenland.
Frederiksen labelled Trump's posturing to buy Greenland as "an absurd discussion".
Trump, in response, cancelled his trip to the Scandinavian country before launching an attack on Frederiksen on Wednesday when speaking to reporters.
He made the comments as he was leaving the White House for an event in Kentucky,
"I thought that the prime minister's statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea was nasty," he said.
"I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to do is say no, we wouldn't be interested."
He added: "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."
The US President continued to launch attacks at Denmark on Twitter after making the comments, which were made 45 minutes after his comments to reporters, which means he was tweeting from Air Force One on the way to Kentucky.
For the record, Denmark is only at 1.35% of GDP for NATO spending. They are a wealthy country and should be at 2%. We protect Europe and yet, only 8 of the 28 NATO countries are at the 2% mark. The United States is at a much, much higher level than that....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
Earlier today, Frederiksen said said she had been looking forward to meeting the president of "one of our closest allies", before adding that the invitation would "remain open".