What's behind Trump's trolling of Nordic states

United States President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen because she wouldn't sell him Greenland is just another episode in a comedy someone should make about Mr Trump's strange relationship with the Nordic countries.

They clearly occupy a special place in his mind, perhaps because they're often held up by his opponents as examples of sound, socially conscious governance and by his supporters as clueless socialist countries ruined by immigration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 23, 2019, with the headline 'What's behind Trump's trolling of Nordic states'. Print Edition | Subscribe