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Trump cancels Denmark visit over after rebuff over Greenland

The photo tweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The photo tweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump.   | Photo Credit: Twitter/@realDonaldTrump

The U.S. President had been due to discuss the Arctic in meetings in Copenhagen with Denmark and Greenland on September 2 and September 3.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country's prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.

“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksens 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,” Mr. Trump said in a post on Twitter.

On Monday, the U.S. President retweeted an image of a golden Trump tower looming over a cluster of houses on the Arctic island, and wrote, “I promise not to do this to Greenland!”

A White House official said Mr. Trump had dropped the September 2-3 stop in Denmark, a NATO ally. The U.S. President had been due to discuss the Arctic in meetings in Copenhagen with Ms. Frederiksen, who took office in June, and Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of Greenland.

He is due to visit Poland on Aug. 31.

Ms. Frederiksen said on Sunday the idea of selling Greenland to the United States was absurd after an economic adviser to Mr. Trump confirmed U.S. interest in buying the world's largest island.

“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,” Ms. Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland.

A defense treaty between Denmark and the United States dating back to 1951 gives the U.S. military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.

Mr. Trump's interest in buying Greenland has been met with incredulity and humor. Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who recently stepped down as Danish prime minister, tweeted last week, “It must be an April Fools Day joke.”

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