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Trump calls Danish PM's statement on Greenland nasty

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Published on August 22, 2019 - Duration: 02:04s

Trump calls Danish PM's statement on Greenland nasty

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed offense over the Danish prime minister’s statement about his interest in purchasing Greenland.

Chris Dignam has more.

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Trump calls Danish PM's statement on Greenland nasty

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something.

They could have told me no." After already having cancelled a September visit to Denmark, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he took umbrage at the remarks of Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who said that the idea selling Greenland was "absurd," after Trump expressed interest in purchasing the autonomous Danish territory.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Denmark, I looked forward to going but I thought that the prime minister's statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea, was ... nasty.

I thought it was an inappropriate statement.

All she had to do is say, no, we wouldn't be interested." Earlier on Wednesday, Frederiksen said Trump's cancellation of the planned visit came as a shock.

(SOUND BITE) DANISH PRIME MINISTER METTE FREDERIKSEN, SAYING: "It is with regret and surprise that I received the news that President Trump has cancelled his state visit to Denmark on the 2nd and 3rd of September.

I had ben looking forward to the visit.

Our preparations were well underway." Trump, whose "America First" policies have resulted in strained relations with the EU over trade and other issues, said the U.S. has pondered purchasing Greenland for years.

(SOUND BITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Harry Truman had the idea of Greenland.

I had the idea..." The president's critics mocked Trump over buying the world's largest island and the subsequent cancellation of his visit.

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar said in a tweet: "The President has now managed to alienate Denmark.

Did not see that one coming." But while Frederiksen rebuffed Trump's interest in purchasing Greenland, she said Trump's decision to cancel his visit would not affect the relationship between the two NATO allies.

(SOUND BITE) DANISH PRIME MINISTER METTE FREDERIKSEN, SAYING: "This does not change the character of our good relations and we will, of course, from Denmark, continue our ongoing dialogue with the U.S. on how we can develop our cooperation."

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