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Trump calls comments by Danish PM on selling Greenland "nasty"

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. [AP Photo]

Escalating an international spat , said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a "" statement when she rejected his idea to buy as an absurdity. "You don't talk to the United States that way, at least under me," Trump told reporters in Washington. "I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off."

U.S. Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed offense over the Danish prime minister's statement that selling Greenland was "absurd," adding that a U.S. purchase of the autonomous Danish territory was just an idea.

"I thought the prime minister's statement was ... nasty," Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for a veterans' event in Kentucky. "It was an inappropriate statement."

Instead of calling the idea "absurd," Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen should have simply told him her country was not interested in a sale, he said.

Frederiksen's comments spurred Trump on Tuesday to cancel his September visit to Denmark.

Trump confirmed to reporters on Sunday he had recently discussed the possibility of purchasing the world's largest island, though he said such a move was not an immediate priority.

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow has said is a strategic place and has a lot of valuable minerals.

Trump said on Tuesday the United States has long pondered purchasing Greenland, and that he considered it a good idea.

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