1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mette Frederiksen, Danish Prime Minister:
"It is with regret and surprise that I recieved the news that President Trump has canceled his state visit to Denmark on the 2nd and 3rd of September. I had been looking forward to the visit. Our preparations were well underway. It was an opportunity, I think, to celebrate Denmark's close relationship to US."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mette Frederiksen, Danish Prime Minister:
"A discussion has however been raised about a potential sale of Greenland. This has clearly been rejected by Kim Kielsen (Greenland Premier) a position that I share, of course. This does not change the character of our good relations and we will of course from Denmark continue our ongoing dialogue with the US on how we can develop our cooperation and deal with the many common challenges we are facing."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karsten Honge, Member of Parliament for The Socialist People's Party:
++UPSOUND++ reporter question: Karsten Honge what do you think of the cancellation from the American president?
"Well I think that long ago we stopped being surprised about what the president is doing. Apparently he acts like a spoilt child and, "well I cannot buy Greenland I don't want to show up in Denmark." Well this is embarrassing for the United States, and we get along in Denmark, we move on."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Karsten Honge, Member of Parliament for The Socialist People's Party:
"The one thing that I'm not so happy about is this was the opportunity for the Danish public to send clear messages to the American voters, 'please vote for another President next time'."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Member of Parliament for Greenland:
++UPSOUND++ reporter question: President Trump speaks of Greenland as something you can buy and sell, what do you think of that?
"I don't like that, and I think it's a very bad way of talking about a country, especially the people of Greenland. So I think he needs to show some more respect. But I think he's also very welcome to come to Greenland and we can discuss the potential for collaboration."
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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told journalists it was with "regret and surprise" that she learned of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she rejected suggestions of selling Greenland to the U.S.
She said that she had been looking forward to the Sept. 2-3 visit and preparations were "well underway."
"It was an opportunity, I think, to celebrate Denmark's close relationship to US," Frederiksen said.
She went on to again rejected the idea of selling Greenland to the US but said it would not "change the character of our good relations."
Trump announced his decision by tweet after Frederiksen dismissed the notion of selling Greenland to the U.S. as "an absurd discussion."
Trump's decision to cancel his visit to Denmark next month was embarrassing for the United States, a Member of Parliament for the Danish Socialist People's Party told press on Wednesday.
Karsten Honge went on to say that the visit would have been an opportunity for the Danish public to send a clear message to American voters to "vote for another president next time."