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President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE’s decision to pick a fight with Denmark has stunned foreign policy experts already accustomed to being surprised by the White House's unconventional approach to traditional U.S. allies.
Trump on Wednesday branded the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s remarks rejecting his proposal to purchase Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, “nasty” and “inappropriate.”
“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 told reporters at the White House, one day after he canceled plans to visit Denmark over the dispute.
Some accused Trump of disrespecting a close European ally. Denmark is a member of NATO and its troops have fought alongside the U.S. in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“He’s insulting a NATO ally, a close ally, that has fought to defend us,” said Evelyn Farkas, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Obama administration, who argued that the decision could result in Denmark and other allies distrusting the United States.
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