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Donald Trump extraordinarily cancels state visit to Denmark after their refusal to sell him Greenland


Johannes Jansson/norden.org and White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

President Trump appears to have cancelled his upcoming state visit to Denmark after the country’s leaders refused to entertain the notion of selling him Greenland.

Queen Margrethe had been due to host the US President in a couple of weeks time, however, she looks to have been spared the task.

Taking to Twitter, President Trump said: “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 scheduled in two weeks for another time.

“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.”

President Trump, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, were due to arrive in Copenhagen on September 2nd and depart Denmark the following day, September 3rd.

The President had expressed interest in buying Greenland which is ruled by Margrethe on a number of occasions.

However, he has been told in no uncertain terms that Greenland is not for sale.

The Queen of Denmark made a State Visit to the US in 1991 when she was welcomed to the country by President George H.W. Bush. She has welcomed three previous US Presidents to her country. In 1997, she hosted Bill Clinton on a State Visit. Eight years later, she met his successor at the White House, George W. Bush, during his official trip to her country. Barack Obama met Queen Margrethe when he visited Copenhagen for the IOC summit and COP 15 Climate Change summit which took place in 2009.