Last week, it was Greenland’s turn to take center-stage in President Donald Trump’s Follies after the developer-in-chief made noises about buying the icy island.
This week, Denmark, whose kingdom includes Greenland, is in the spotlight after its prime minister bashed Trump over his plan to purchase the island — which wasn’t even for sale in the first place.
In response, the miffed president late Tuesday suddenly cancelled his planned trip to Denmark, taking to Twitter to call Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “nasty” for publicly rebuffing his interest in buying the largest non-continental island on the planet.
And with that, it was off to the races on social media.
Late Wednesday morning, Trump came out not just swinging but doubling-down:
For the record, Denmark is only at 1.35% of GDP for NATO spending. They are a wealthy country and should be at 2%. We protect Europe and yet, only 8 of the 28 NATO countries are at the 2% mark. The United States is at a much, much higher level than that….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
While the president seemed focused on seeking revenge for the prime minister’s remarks by making Denmark seem like a very bad and selfish — if autonomous — country, others on Twitter were offering their own thoughts on the whole let’s-go-island-shopping idea.
BREAKING NEWS: In the wake of trip cancellation, Denmark agrees to sell Greenland to Mexico for 375 tacos and a cheese quesadilla pic.twitter.com/8RZfEfq92a
— e4moji 🚀 (@e4moji) August 21, 2019
WE HAVE A GREAT MENTAL ILLNESS! I’M THE KING OF ISRAEL! DENMARK SUCKS! BUY ME GREENLAND! pic.twitter.com/f8SRKYJidh
— Greg Fish (@GregAFish) August 21, 2019
Folks, Denmark — more and more you’re hearing it’s a rotten place. They had a prince named Hamlet, very indecisive guy. His uncle killed his dad, the King, but he couldn’t make up his mind and it was a big mess. So we’re looking at Horatio very strongly, we’re looking at Laertes
— Martin (@Bregosaurus) August 21, 2019
— Brenda McGlynn (@BrendaMcGlynn1) August 21, 2019
Can Denmark just buy the US and put us out of our misery?
— Mia K. (@miakhalifa) August 21, 2019
Even. Gen. Michael Hayden, the Air Force four-star general who used to head up the National Security Agency and the CIA, could not resist the urge to speak up after Trump’s attack on Denmark.
Denmark, a country of fewer than than 6 million, had 43 people killed in action while supporting us in Afghanistan. You are pathetic.
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) August 21, 2019
And finally, with former President Barack Obama reportedly heading soon to Denmark for a visit, we have this novel idea from one Twitter user:
the best possible thing right now would be for Denmark to give Greenland to Obama for free
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) August 21, 2019