Why is Donald Trump angry with Denmark
After US President Donald Trump canceled his visit to Denmark, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to his Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod on the phone. Pompeo has emphasized cooperation with Denmark, said a spokeswoman for the US State Department. In addition, it was about improved cooperation between the USA and Denmark in the Arctic. Kofod spoke of an "honest, friendly and constructive conversation" on Twitter.
Trump canceled the state visit on Tuesday, justifying the fact that Denmark did not want to sell Greenland. The purchase offer was just an idea. Trump complained about what he saw as the disrespectful reaction by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. She had called his proposal "absurd". "That's not how you talk to the United States - at least between me," Trump told reporters. He called Frederiksen's statement "bad" and "inappropriate". According to him, an appropriate answer would have been if she had simply said "that she is not interested in it".
Frederiksen tried to limit the damage after the canceled state visit. This will not affect the good relations between the USA and Denmark. The development of the Arctic region is a call for closer cooperation between the USA, Denmark and Greenland.
Frederiksen's predecessor found clear words for the rejection. Former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt wrote on Twitter: "Is that supposed to be a joke? Deeply offensive to the people of Greenland and Denmark." The head of the right-wing populist People's Party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl, spoke of a "farce".
Greenland, with around 56,000 inhabitants, is part of the Danish Kingdom, but it is autonomous. Due to its location in the Arctic, its proximity to Russia, because of its presumed mineral resources and an important US military base, it is strategically important for the USA.
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