“I’m not going to enter a war of words with anybody, including the American president,” Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, told a Danish television channel on Wednesday. Ok, that’s right. Don’t back down and don’t escalate,
A few days ago, I was already to post a slightly humorous comment on Greenland, saying the Prime Minister should have told Trump, “Well, if you want Greenland, then give us Puerto Rico. ” That was going to be my joke. Then, it came out that the White House actually discussed swapping Puerto Rico for Greenland. That’s super crazy.
Buying Greenland was a crazy distraction. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, was absolutely right to call the idea “absurd.” Even more absurd is the cavalier way Trump proposed this. Trump was right that this had been considered during Truman’s presidency in 1946. But, this was done under tight security, and no one knew about it for 45 years, when it was discovered by a Copenhagen newspaper in declassified documents in the National Archives.
Today, we have a military base (Thule air base) on Greenland. Denmark has been a strong ally of the US. Danes have fought with the US in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. However, unlike Trump, the Prime Minister is a strong environmentalist, and Denmark is making great strides in reducing carbon emissions. It would be hard not to be a strong believer in climate change, as it is so evident in Europe and of course, in Greenland.
So, Trump hopped into Air Force 1, to attend the G7 meeting in beautiful Biarritz, France where the hot issues will be Iran, trade issues and climate change.
On climate change, President Bolsonaro of Brazil in making his country great again, has done great harm to the Amazon. I warned this was going to happen. The people who voted for him are now choking on smoke in Sao Paulo. Donald Trump intensified the Trade War, not only with China but with our European allies. EU is trying desperately to save the Iran Nuclear agreement, after the US pulled out.
So, the G7 meeting will be a “war of words” with the US now more as the trouble maker than the problem solver.