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 John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 BoltonThe Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? Trump at a pivotal crossroads on Iran Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran | Pentagon chief calls attack on Saudi oil facilities 'unprecedented' | Administration weighs response | 17th US service member killed in Afghanistan this year 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."