President Trump continued his feud with the Kingdom of Denmark on Wednesday afternoon, trashing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen for her “nasty” remarks after she declined to discuss the sale of the island of Greenland to the United States.
“I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something. They could have told me no. All they had to say was we’d rather not do that. Don’t say, what an absurd idea that is. 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!” whined Trump to the media scrum before boarding his flight to a veterans’ convention in Kentucky.
Trump says the prime minister of Denmark was “nasty” and “inappropriate” by publicly rejecting his unsolicited proposal to buy Greenland in the way she did. He says she could’ve just said no, and he’s not going to let her talk to him that way.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 21, 2019
This tantrum follows up his abrupt and disgraceful decision to cancel his upcoming trip to Denmark and the meeting with Minister Frederiksen after she dismissed his idea to purchase Greenland as an “absurd discussion” and added that “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant.”
The president appears personally wounded by those words, especially since he reportedly wanted to buy the island for his personal legacy and to prove that he could do it rather than any strategic or economic considerations.
Donald Trump never responds well to any criticism at all, especially when it comes from women. He famously disparaged his election rival Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” during the 2016 election and can always be counted on to be crude and abrasive whenever commenting on his female critics, his internalized misogyny shining through at every opportunity.
It is deeply embarrassing to see the leader of the free world throwing a public tantrum over his hurt feelings and pursuing an international feud because a truly harebrained idea of his isn’t panning out. Denmark deserves to be treated with more respect than this.
TRUMP: "I look forward to going to going [to Denmark], but I thought the prime minister's statement that [buying Greenland] was an 'absurd idea' was nasty. I thought it was an inappropriate statement … we can't treat the USA the way they treated us under President Obama." pic.twitter.com/pdgMPxFaVM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019