President Trump has just canceled its planned trip to Denmark after the country's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen declined to discuss the purchase of Greenland with him.
In a series of tweets, Donald Trump thanked Mette Frederiksen for being straightforward about her position and for saving the American people the costs for his visit to Denmark. White House Deputy Press Secretary also confirmed that the entire upcoming trip was canceled.
President Trump was initially scheduled to arrive in Copenhagen on September 2 and to meet the newly-elected Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. He has also been invited an official state visit by the Queen of Denmark. The trip was supposed to include a stop in Warsaw, Poland, where the President was about to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.
The Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen paid her first visit to Greenland over the weekend. In an interview for the local newspaper Sermitsiaq, Frederiksen pointed out that the world's largest island was not for sale.
She also emphasized that Greenland does not belong to Denmark but the Greenlandic people. The Prime Minister stressed that the time where we used to buy and sell countries and their people were long gone.
At the end of the interview, Frederiksen hoped that Trump's proposal to buy the island was not serious. However, she confirmed Copenhagen would love to have some new strategic partnerships with Washington.
Meanwhile, in Morristown, New Jersey, President Trump also discussed the topic with the journalists. He confirmed the US interest in the purchase saying that Greenland was of 'strategic' importance.
Moreover, on Monday, the President retweeted an image of his golden Trump tower looming over a cluster of homes on the island, saying that he promised not to do this to Greenland.
Donald Trump is not the first US head of state to express interest in purchasing the island. Back in 1946, our country proposed to pay Copenhagen $100 million for Greenland. Washington also suggested swapping some land in Alaska for parts of the Arctic island.
In 1951, Denmark allowed the United States to build military bases and radar stations on the territory of Greenland. We currently maintain the Thule Air Force Base, located 745 miles south of the North Pole. In was constructed in 1952 with the initial purpose to serve as a refueling base for long-range bombing missions. It functions now as a space surveillance site.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose President Trump's decision to call off his trip to Denmark because it does not allow him to buy Greenland?