Pompey controls the damage – Trump continues to rumble


After the cancellation of Donald Trump's visit, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo phoned his Danish counterpart. Meanwhile, the president of the United States is attacking the head of the Danish government.

Amidst the dispute over US considerations for a Greenland purchase, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the phone with his Danish colleague Jeppe Kofod. The US State Department declared Wednesday that Pompey had recognized Denmark's role as an ally of the United States. Both ministers also spoke of "strengthening cooperation" in the Arctic. Kofod has written in the short messaging service Twitter, Denmark and the United States as "close friends and allies".

US President Donald Trump had canceled a state visit to Denmark scheduled for the beginning of September on Tuesday. The president was upset that the Danish government had rejected a purchase of Greenland that he was considering

"That's not how you talk to the United States"

Last Wednesday, Trump gave in and accused Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of having formulated "bad" and "inappropriate" terms. He justified the cancellation of the visit with Frederiksen's reaction, which in his opinion was disrespectful – he called his suggestion "absurd". Trump's cancellation of his trip caused astonishment and annoyance in Denmark. "This is not the way to talk to the United States, at least with me," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump defended his advance on Wednesday. He pointed out that President Harry Truman, who ruled from 1945 to 1953, had proposed a purchase of Greenland. The Greenland government had already announced Friday: "Of course, Greenland is not for sale".

Frederiksen, meanwhile, has also tried to limit the damage after the canceled visit. This will not affect the good relations between the United States and Denmark. The development of the Arctic region is an invitation to closer cooperation between the United States, Denmark and Greenland.

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