The U.S. President Donald Trump has been branded a ‘narcissistic fool’ after taking the decision to cancel a planned state visit to Denmark after his potential move to buy the vast expanse that is Greenland was laughed off by the Danes.
Former Danish foreign minister Villy Søvndal said that the move by the US president confirms his narcissism while former prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt tweeted that the move was “deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark.”
Søvndal told Danish media that Trump was clearly unaware of the basic rules of diplomacy. “If he had been a clown in a circus, you could probably say that there is considerable entertainment value. The problem is that he is the president of the most powerful nation in the world,” he said.
The Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who had previously branded Trump’s Greenland proposal ”absurd” today said that the ”cancellation of the visit does not change the good relationship between Denmark and the US. We look forward, and we will continue the good dialogue that we have.”
Trump had been due to visit Denmark in early September but he tweeted late last night that there was no longer any point in the visit.
Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister, tweeted: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.” Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the populist Danish People’s Party, told national broadcaster DR: “If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad.”
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) August 20, 2019
President Donald Trump has canceled his trip to Denmark because the prime minister will not sell him Greenland. pic.twitter.com/jvMKuSbRhf
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 21, 2019
Danish Prime Minister reacts to Donald Trump announcing that he will not be visiting Denmark after she announced that Greenland is not for sale.
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 21, 2019