Donald Trump Cancels Meeting With Danish Prime Minister Over Greenland

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he’s canceling a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after finding out she thinks his proposal to buy Greenland is “absurd.” 

Trump is scheduled to visit Denmark, which maintains Greenland as an autonomous territory, in two weeks. But since Frederiksen has “no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland,” he wrote, he’s postponing his meeting with her.

Trump didn’t express any ill will toward Frederiksen and thanked her for “being so direct.”  

Trump confirmed Sunday that he was seriously weighing whether the U.S. could buy Greenland, an ice-covered island situated between the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that he’d been discussing the idea with White House counsel. 

The news was baffling to many U.S. and world leaders, and especially to those in Denmark.

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