Trump praises Danish PM he called 'nasty' over Greenland row

Denmark's prime minister Mette Frederiksen was both annoyed and surprised that President Donald Trump had cancelled a visit to her country.
Denmark's prime minister Mette Frederiksen was both annoyed and surprised that President Donald Trump had cancelled a visit to her country.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Donald Trump heaped praise on Denmark's prime minister Friday (Aug 23), two days after he cancelled his state visit to the country and slammed her for dismissing his idea of buying Greenland as absurd.

The US leader said he got a call from Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who he had previously called "nasty" when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland in the latest spat involving Trump and a traditional US ally.

But on Friday he appeared to reverse course, calling her "a wonderful woman."

"We had a great conversation," Mr Trump told reporters as he prepared to leave for the G-7 summit in France.

"We have a very good relationship with Denmark, and we agreed to speak later. But she was very nice. She put a call in, and I appreciated it very much," Mr Trump said.

The row had earlier prompted Mr Trump to call off plans to visit Copenhagen next month after Ms Frederiksen said Greenland, an autonomous region of Denmark, was not for sale.

Ms Frederiksen said she was both annoyed and surprised that Mr Trump cancelled the visit.

 
 

But, she added, "Denmark and the US are not in crisis, the US is one of our closest allies" and the invitation to visit was still open.

In his remarks late Friday Mr Trump said nothing about resurrecting the trip.