Washington, Aug 20 (efe-epa).– The president of the United States on Tuesday postponed a meeting scheduled for early September with Denmark’s prime minister after the Scandinavian leader said Greenland was not for sale.
“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,” Donald Trump said on Twitter.
“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!” he added.
The two leaders were scheduled to meet during Trump's visit to Copenhagen on Sep. 2 and 3.
Copenhagen is the final stop on his trip to Europe, which will begin with his participation in the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 24-26 before going on to Poland from Aug. 31 to Sep. 2.
Trump's decision was a response to Frederiksen's statements on Monday during a visit to the island — a self-governed Danish territory.
“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,” Frederiksen said.
Trump revealed his interest in buying Greenland on Sunday after several media outlets reported that the US president has been talking to his advisers for weeks about the possibility.
The president said the purchase was "strategically” interesting, although he said it is not a priority.
As revealed last week by The Washington Post, the White House has already discussed the legality of the hypothetical purchase, the process to incorporate a territory with its own government and also where the money for the purchase would come from.
Although the reason Trump would be interested in buying Greenland is not clear, there is speculation about the natural resources that the island has under ice that is melting at record speed and also with its geostrategic importance because of its proximity to the Arctic.
Trump isn’t the first American president to try to buy Greenland, as Harry Truman (1945-1953) reportedly offered Denmark $100 million for the island after World War II.
Although politically it belongs to Denmark, Greenland is an autonomous territory that since 2009 handles its own affairs except defense and foreign policy. EFE-EPA