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Danish royal household ‘surprised’ by Trump canceling trip

Iceland Nordics Summit
From left, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir arrive at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019, ahead of the Nordic Prime Ministers meeting. (AP Photo/Egill Bjarnason)

A spokeswoman for Denmark’s royal palace says U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to postpone a visit to Denmark next month was “a surprise.”

Lene Balleby told The Associated Press Wednesday that the household, which formally had invited Trump to visit Denmark Sep. 2 and 3 as part of a European trip, had no further comments.

Trump announced his decision by tweet after the Danish prime minister dismissed the notion of selling Greenland to the U.S. as “an absurd discussion.”

“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” Trump said.


There was no immediate reaction from the Danish government.

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