With Greenland not for sale, Trump scraps Denmark visit

With Greenland not for sale, Trump scraps Denmark visit

With the Prime Minister of Denmark making it clear that she was not interested in selling Greenland to the United States, labeling the idea 'absurd,' President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that he would cancel his scheduled visit to the NATO ally in early September.

"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," the President tweeted on Tuesday evening.

In interviews this week, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had made clear that Greenland was not for sale, even as she welcomed the idea of closer relations between Denmark and the United States.

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But that wasn't enough for President Trump.

On Sunday, President Trump had downplayed the issue as he returned to the White House.

"It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that," the President told reporters when asked about the idea of buying Greenland.

Democrats mocked the President for canceling his visit to Denmark.

"What a shame when Greenland could be covered with sand traps, water holes and lots of beautiful putting greens," said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), referring to the President's golfing.