It's no secret President Donald Trump has problems being told no.
Especially being told no by a woman.
He admitted getting consent from women was an issue for him in a hot mic moment on Access Hollywood, after all.
But unfortunately for the United States, world leaders have to hear no from time to time. And unlike the USA, some countries have female heads of state.
So when Trump got an idea to buy a country (Greenland) and its citizens (Greenlanders) that were never for sale from a country (Denmark) that never mentioned an interest in selling, the scheme seemed absurd to pretty much everyone but Trump and both countries responded accordingly.
Colonialism is so done, dude.
But it required Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to tell Trump no. She also opted for honesty.
It went as well as can be expected.
"Greenland is not for sale. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously."
"Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over."
"Let's leave it there."
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen: "Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and popula… https://t.co/cH4W0XbdZR— Kenneth P. Vogel (@Kenneth P. Vogel) 1566368214.0
Yes, European nations and their colonies invaded, bought and sold inhabited land to each other with no regard for the inhabitants for several centuries. But just like manifest destiny, we don't do that anymore.
The President of the United States decided to be professional and diplomatic in his response.
He canceled a state visit to Denmark—his first—slated for September and having been coordinated well before an off the cuff quip by a dinner guest gave him the I should buy Greenland idea. Trump took to Twitter, of course, to claim the trip was canceled because Frederiksen would not discuss the sale.
Completely glossed over the facts about the purpose of the visit, but not too bad a response. Then a reporter asked Trump about the canceled state visit and...
"I thought the Prime Minister's statement was nasty" Donald Trump has explained his decision to cancel his planned… https://t.co/ryeVpXNwRg— Sky News (@Sky News) 1566420192.0
Trump at WH, telling reporters he canceled trip because Denmark's leader was "nasty" in dismissing his idea of buyi… https://t.co/wPUDE3eW85— John Harwood (@John Harwood) 1566405669.0
There is a lot going on in Trump's explanation for canceling on Denmark. A transcript and two fact checks: https://t.co/x6GySE1Dmr— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1566411086.0
He revived his fictional story about Duterte stranding Obama in an airplane. He revived his fictional history of fa… https://t.co/pqkzsA5D06— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1566434146.0
People found Trump's claims light on facts and inappropriate. Calling an absurd idea that comes out of nowhere absurd is hardly the worst thing said about Trump's Greenland scheme.
Absurd is mild compared to what people in the United States said about it.
Trump has snubbed an ally over some whacked-out fantasy to buy Greenland, told Jews who vote for Democrats that the… https://t.co/R0RaFVYblk— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1566430617.0
@ddale8 @maggieNYT No woman gets to talk to him that way. Feisty women get labeled "Pig" and "Dog" or "Hard to loo… https://t.co/daUA5D5lbW— MicalMacal (@MicalMacal) 1566403163.0
Trump rolls out the red carpet for North Korea. He bends over backwards for Putin. He ignores Saudi Arabia’s terrib… https://t.co/vK9VXjbmen— Rep. Jim McGovern (@Rep. Jim McGovern) 1566361038.0
When Truman considered trying to buy Greenland from Denmark in 1946 as a buffer AGAINST the USSR, Denmark was insul… https://t.co/fgdY4lf9rq— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1566430091.0
Trump defends his decision to cancel Denmark visit because the country refused to sell Greenland, saying "we've don… https://t.co/9vOXKYTxAJ— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1566482910.0
'You don't talk to the US that way!' Donald Trump accuses Danish PM Mette Frederiksen of being 'nasty' for calling… https://t.co/3fBMD6toL1— D.N.S. (@D.N.S.) 1566472980.0
.@realDonaldTrump's war of words with Denmark has intensified, after he called the country's Prime Minister "nasty"… https://t.co/cSaBBwdRg3— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NEWS Brisbane) 1566461870.0
@realDonaldTrump Article 5, the part of NATO that says that members will come to the aid of other members, has been… https://t.co/N0QblervBR— KevinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿 (@KevinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿) 1566409200.0
This is how Trump treated American citizens after a natural disaster but tonight is throwing an international tempe… https://t.co/OHJexF09FF— Matt Rogers 🎙️ (@Matt Rogers 🎙️) 1566354296.0
Trump throws a tantrum because a woman says no to him... https://t.co/JznZlmTwJU— Pravin Jeya (@Pravin Jeya) 1566424309.0
manbaby throws tantrum again! Trump calls off trip to Denmark after prime minister shoots down idea of US buying… https://t.co/Yu70RoZzTj— RdZ (@RdZ) 1566363630.0
#babytrump 👶🏼 didn’t get his toy (#greenland) thus he throws a tantrum and makes it personal. Typical rich “playb… https://t.co/17cPq9o7mN— GCA MD PhD (@GCA MD PhD) 1566415446.0
Frederiksen has not responded to Trump's attack.
It's probably best to ignore it anyway.
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