Denmark has for the first time put mineral-rich Greenland top of its national security agenda, ahead of terrorism and cybercrime.
The Defence Intelligence Service (FE) linked its change in priorities to US interest in Greenland, expressed in President Donald Trump’s desire to buy the vast Arctic territory.
Greenland is part of Denmark, but has significant autonomy, including freedom to sign major business deals.
Greenland has been at the centre of controversy over the past week after President Donald Trump called Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “nasty”.
Now, however, it seems that Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, was actually one of the first people to raise the issue. And Chinese aspirations to build bases there were a factor in Cotton’s discussion about purchasing the country.Speaking on Wednesday in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Talk Business & Politics Power Lunch, Cotton said last year the Chinese government tried to get approval from the local government of Greenland to allow Beijing to allow it to build three military bases there.
After President Trump cancelled his state visit to Denmark over the prime minster’s statement that Greenland is not for sale, Danish lawmakers spoke out on the situation with criticism.
Trump calls the Denmark PM nasty and admits that he won't be going to Denmark because she wasn't nice and hurt his feelings. pic.twitter.com/6LefTuc1LP— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 21, 2019
Trump called the female Prime Minister of Denmark nasty and admitted that he canceled his trip to the country because she hurt his feelings.
Trump said, “I thought the Prime Minister’s statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea, it was nasty. I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to do was say no we wouldn’t be interested, but we can’t treat the United States of America the way they treated us under President Obama. I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something. They could have told me no. This is something that’s been discussed for many years. Harry Truman had the idea of Greenland. I’ve had the idea. Other people have had the idea. It goes back into the early 1900s.
All they had to do was say we’d rather not do that. We’d rather not talk about it. Don’t say what an absurd idea that is, because she’s not talking to me. She’s talking to the United States of America.
One of the first rules of any political or media beef is “never punch down,” which is to say, don’t waste one’s energy criticizing someone who is below one’s power station. Doing as much elevates one’s rival while also diminishing one’s own standing.
“Greenland was just an idea. Just a thought. But I think when they say it was absurd and it was said in a very nasty, very sarcastic way, I’ve been to Denmark and frankly we’ll do it another time. But you’ve got to respect the United Staes.
Eating has taken the lead as the top activity in Copenhagen. We pick the best places to eat and drink during a trip to the city.
The Little Mermaid can move over. It’s not just famous statues, those colourful houses or the shiny lights of Tivoli Gardens that visitors are flocking to Denmark’s chic capital for. Instead, an entirely consumable style of amusement – eating – has taken the lead as the number one must-do activity in the city. Continue at Source: 10 of the best places to eat in Copenhagen