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Trump national security adviser discusses Greenland economic ties with ambassador to Denmark

Trump national security adviser discusses Greenland economic ties with ambassador to Denmark
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's national security adviser on Thursday said that he discussed increasing economic ties with Greenland during a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Denmark.

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John BoltonJohn BoltonJohn Bolton: Biden-Putin meeting 'premature' Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll MORE tweeted a photo with Ambassador Carla Sands at the White House. The two discussed "Arctic and energy security, trade, and boosting US economic ties with Greenland, including investments in mineral exploration projects and airport upgrades."

The meeting came days after President Trump was supposed to meet with Danish leaders in Copenhagen. But the president abruptly canceled the trip last month after Danish and Greenlandic officials rejected the possibility of the U.S. purchasing Greenland.

The president had privately mused about buying the island, which is an autonomous Danish territory, and later said it made sense as a "strategic" purchase.

A few Republican lawmakers have since voiced their support for the idea.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the idea "absurd" and said she hoped Trump did not mean it seriously.

After Trump said the prime minister's comments were "nasty" and "inappropriate," the two spoke on the phone and the president praised her as a "wonderful woman."