Pompeo speaks with Danish counterpart after Trump cancels visit

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book MORE spoke with his Danish counterpart on Wednesday and expressed appreciation for Denmark’s alliance with the United States, hours after President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves 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.