President Trump has postponed a planned meeting with the Danish prime minister after the world leader stymied any talks of a possible deal to sell Greenland to the US.
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,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night.
“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!”
It was first revealed last week that President Trump showed interest in purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.
Frederiksen has dismissed Trump’s suggestion that the US could buy Greenland from Denmark, calling it “an absurd discussion” in an interview with a local newspaper Sunday.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Danish and Greenland officials shortly after the news broke.
“It has to be an April Fool’s joke. Totally out of season,” former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted.
Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs took the news in stride, before declaring the country isn’t for sale.
“Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism,” the ministry said on Twitter.
“We’re open for business, not for sale,” it added along with emojis for snow, a whale and a snowy mountain.
Trump told reporters on Sunday that he was considering a stop in Denmark during his trip to Poland in early September. It’s unclear if the whole trip is now postponed.