On Tuesday, the president of the United States decided to postpone an upcoming meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after she rebuffed his interest in buying Greenland, and said Trump's comments about the U.S. buying the Danish territory were "absurd."
But apparently, President Trump did mean it seriously.
"Denmark is a very special country with incredible people," Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. "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's cancellation of the entire visit, including an official state visit with the Queen of Denmark, came as a surprise, as Trump told reporters that the trip was unrelated to his desire to purchase Greenland. "Not for this reason at all," Trump said Sunday. "But we're looking at it."
Technically a part of North America, Greenland is between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, and between Canada and Europe. It's an autonomous Danish territory with a population of more than 50,000 and has natural resources such as coal and uranium.
"Denmark essentially owns it, we're very good allies with Denmark." Trump said of his interest.
Referring to the idea as "essentially" a "large real estate deal," Trump said that "strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little bit."
While he acknowledged that "first we have to find out whether or not they have any interest," he said that, "they're losing a tremendous amount of money, so we'll see what happens."
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What to watch
On Friday, Chris Hayes will anchor a special edition of All In with a live studio audience at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
During a special hour on Sunday, watch Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist who helps others escape the movement he once helped build, help the former leader of the largest neo-Nazi organization in the U.S. leave behind an identity and a livelihood based on hate. Watch "Breaking Hate," Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.
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