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Donald Trump has postponed his trip to Denmark during which he’d planned to discuss “the purchase of Greenland” but it seems no one told the US ambassador eagerly awaiting his visit.

The US President last week said he was considering an attempt to buy the autonomous Danish territory, situated between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

Greenland has a population just shy of 57,000 people.

But the Prime Minister of Denmark on Sunday described Mr Trump’s proposal as “absurd”.

Mette Frederiksen told reporters she totally agreed with Greenland’s premier Kim Kielsen — after having met with him — that “Greenland is not for sale” and “will not be sold”.

“By the way, Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic,” Ms Frederiksen said.

“Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let’s leave it there.”

The prime minister said she was still looking forward to the US president’s visit and the opportunity to build the Danish-American relationship.

But the trip — due to begin later this month — came to a screaming halt when Mr Trump jumped on Twitter to respond to Ms Frederiksen.

Mr Trump’s behaviour has not gone down well with the locals, with Danish People’s Party foreign affairs spokesman saying the President was acting like “a spoiled child”.

Meanwhile, left-wing Danish politician Pernille Skipper tweeted: “Trump lives on another planet. Self-sufficient and disrespectful.”

“The prime minister used a terrible word when talking about something we’ve been talking about for years,” he said.

“It was not a nice statement the way she blew me off. We’ve done a lot for Denmark … She said absurd. That’s not the right word to use.

“It was not a nice way of doing it. She could have just said, ‘No, we’d rather not do it.’

“She’s not talking to me, she’s talking to the United States of America.”

Two-and-a-half hours before Mr Trump broke the cancellation news, US ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands shared that the Scandinavian country was ready for its “friend” and ally.

As at Wednesday night, Ms Sands had not deleted the post despite the president’s declaration.

Mr Trump on Sunday said the concept was “strategically” interesting but it wasn’t a priority.

“Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world, so the concept came up and I said certainly … we’d be interested,” he told reporters in New Jersey.

“But we'll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that.”

He said it was “essentially a large real estate deal” and that Denmark was financially losing out by “carrying” Greenland.

“We may be going to Denmark, but not for this reason at all,” Mr Trump said.

The president later tweeted a photo of a golden Trump Tower superimposed on an image of a quaint seaside town in Greenland but promised it wasn’t something he would ever really do.

In a statement issued on July 31, the White House announced Mr Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, would visit Poland and Denmark from August 31 to September 3, 2019.

The president and the first lady would attend commemorative ceremonies and visit memorial sites in Warsaw on September 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII.

It also confirmed the pair had accepted an invitation from Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II.

“The president will participate in a series of bilateral meetings and meet with business leaders,” the statement said.

“The president and first lady’s visits will highlight the historic ties between the United States, Poland, and Denmark, as well as our willingness to confront the region’s many shared security challenges.”

Trump is still expected to go ahead with his visit to Warsaw.

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