Several days ago, President Donald Trump floated the idea of buying Greenland. But the prime minister of Denmark did not take kindly to the suggestion, calling the idea “absurd.”
Now, it seems Trump has taken the criticism to heart. The president canceled his scheduled trip to the country in September, and he blasted the prime minister in talks with reporters in Washington earlier this week.
“You don’t talk to the United States that way, at least under me,” Trump said. “I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off.”
Nobody really knows if Trump was serious about the acquisition or not, but that is hardly the point. When the Danish PM and other Denmark officials scolded Trump for making the suggestion, the president dug in for a fight.
The prime minister had said: “It’s an absurd discussion, and [Greenland Premier] Kim Kielsen has, of course, made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That’s where the conversation ends.”
When Trump heard that reaction, he not only canceled his Sept. 3 trip to Denmark, he also ripped the PM for making such harsh comments.
Trump felt she was not only disrespecting him, but also the United States as a whole, something he will not tolerate.
When Trump ran for office, he was adamant that it was time for America to start putting America first, and as part of that pledge, Trump vowed to get NATO members to start paying their fair share of defense costs.
Trump was quick to point out that Denmark is only paying 1.35% of its GDP to NATO, but ought to be paying two percent, and as such, the country has no right whatsoever to badmouth the United States in such a manner, “at least not under me,” Trump stated.
To be honest, it is highly unlikely Trump was being serious when he suggested buying Greenland, which is an autonomous territory of Denmark.
He may have been simply poking a bear, something he tends to do, but the reaction by the Danish PM was clearly over the top.
Say what you want about this president, but he refuses to allow anyone or any country to disrespect the red, white, and blue — and that is a far cry from the attitude displayed by the previous resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.