The president recently acknowledged that his acquisition is “strategically interesting”
The surprise capacity of the diplomacy of the 45th president of the United States seems to know no limits. This Tuesday, late in the afternoon (early morning in Europe), Donald Trump has just suspended, via Twitter, an official trip to Denmark because his prime minister is not willing to discuss whether or not Greenland sells to the United States.
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 J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 20. август 2019.
All this happens after, last week, The Wall Street Journal brought forward the news that Trump had repeatedly shown interest in acquiring autonomous territory belonging to the kingdom of Denmark. The largest island in the world, nestled between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, mostly covered with ice and with 56,000 inhabitants, is rich in natural resources and has an important strategic value for the United States.
Trump confirmed the information on Sunday and admitted that “the concept emerged” and that he considered “strategically interesting.” “Essentially, it is a great real estate business,” he said, but clarified that it is not a matter that is in the foreground. That same day, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen explained that Greenland is not in the market. “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish, it is Greenlandic. I really hope it is nothing that has been said seriously,” he said. But it turns out, judging by Trump’s reaction, that he was serious.
On Monday, the real estate mogul involved in the president of the United States referred to the matter, in a strangely jocular tone, via Twitter. “I promise not to do this to Greenland!” He wrote about a photomontage of a golden skyscraper with the Trump brand planted in what looks like a rudimentary housing settlement in Greenland. One day and 27 tweets later, Trump has decided to cancel, through the same social network, the trip he planned to make to Copenhagen on September 2 and 3, invited by Queen Margaret II. The White House spokesperson has confirmed that such a trip will not take place.
The president of a country that Frederiksen herself, underlining the relevance of the visit, had described as “Denmark’s most important and strong ally in NATO” planned to meet with Danish political and business leaders on their first official visit.
“Denmark is ready for President Donald Trump’s visit! Partner, ally, friend.” The text, accompanied by two flags and the photo of what looks like a sign in a building with the name of the Republican president, had been tweeted by the US ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, three hours before the trip was canceled.
When he confirmed that the possibility of acquiring Greenland was raised, Trump also assured that the potential sale was not the reason for his trip to Denmark. “It’s not for that reason at all,” he explained. Two days later, he has canceled his official trip because the Danish Prime Minister does not want to discuss it.