Pompeo speaks with Danish counterpart after Trump cancels visit

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFive takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong Ousted ambassador describes State Department in 'crisis' in dramatic impeachment testimony MORE spoke with his Danish counterpart on Wednesday and expressed appreciation for Denmark’s alliance with the United States, hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE criticized the country’s prime minister for her statement rejecting his proposal to purchase Greenland.

Pompeo and Jeppe Kofod, the Danish foreign minister, spoke about Trump’s decision to cancel the planned state visit to Denmark next month, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement Wednesday evening.

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“The Secretary expressed appreciation for Denmark’s cooperation as one of the United States’ allies and Denmark’s contributions to address shared global security priorities,” Ortagus said.

“The Secretary and Foreign Minister Kofod also discussed strengthening cooperation with the Kingdom of Denmark – including Greenland – in the Arctic,” she continued.

Trump late Tuesday canceled a visit to Denmark planned for early September after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, was not up for sale and called the proposal “absurd.”

Trump indicated his reason for canceling the visit was her disinterest in the proposal. Frederiksen later said she regretted his decision.

In remarks to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump called her remarks “nasty” and “inappropriate.”

“I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something,” Trump said before departing for a speech and political event in Kentucky. “All they had to do is say, ‘No, we’d rather not do that’ or ‘We’d rather not talk about it.’ Don’t say, ‘What an absurd idea that is.’”

“She’s not talking to me. She’s talking to the United States of America. You don’t talk to the United States that way,” Trump said later. 

Trump had expressed an interest in purchasing Greenland and likened it to a “large real estate deal” earlier this week.