Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said she is “disappointed and surprised” by Donald Trump cancelling his Denmark trip.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ms Frederiksen said she had been looking forward to meeting the president of “one of our closest allies”, adding that the invitation would “remain open”.
It comes after Mr Trump tweeted his decision to cancel the official visit over Ms Frederiksen’s comments that dismissed the idea of talks about selling Greenland as “absurd”.
He said: “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Danish 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.”
The 73-year-old later said the comments had saved both countries “a great deal of expense and effort…by being so direct”.
But Ms Frederiksen has maintained that in her rejection she was supporting the wishes expressed by Greenland.
She said: “A discussion about a potential sale of Greenland has been put forward. It has been rejected by Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen, and I fully stand behind that rejection.”
Denmark’s royal household, which had invited Mr Trump to meet Queen Margrethe, echoed Ms Frederiksen’s response on Wednesday, saying in a statement that his decision had come as “a surprise”.
It made no further comments.
Meanwhile, other Danes were less reserved with their reactions.
Former prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said on Twitter that the cancellation was “deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark”.
A former foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, told broadcaster TV2 that it was “diplomatic farce” for the US president to “throw a hissy fit”.
Mr Trump’s interest in purchasing the autonomous Danish territory was first reported last week after he held a private meeting with advisers – some of whom were reported to have laughed at the idea, believing it was a joke.
A similar reaction was seen in Greenland and Denmark, where MPs unanimously rejected the idea as “grotesque” or an out-of-season April Fool’s Day joke.
But the former property developer eventually confirmed his interest in purchasing the world’s largest island as “a large real-estate deal”.
Responding to the ridicule, he tweeted a superimposed picture of Trump Tower on to an Arctic landscape backdrop, which he captioned with a promise to not recreated the doctored image in reality.
Source: SKY NEWS