A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about army spending, saying defence willingness is not only concerning the sum of money spent.
Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s remark is the most recent in an escalating spat between the U.S. and Denmark after Trump scrapped a go to to the nation, saying present Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was “nasty” when she rejected his concept of shopping for Greenland as an absurdity.
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Loekke Rasmussen, who led the nation till June, tweeted Thursday to Trump: “We now have had (proportionally) precisely the identical numbers of casualties in Afghanistan as US. We all the time stands agency and prepared.”
Trump, who has urged NATO members to do extra to satisfy the alliance’s aim of committing 2 per cent of gross home product to defence, earlier tweeted that “Denmark is barely at 1.35%.”
“We is not going to settle for that our defence willingness is barely about percentages,” Loekke Rasmussen tweeted. “I instructed you on the NATO Summit in Brussels final 12 months.”
In January, Denmark agreed to extend its long-term defence spending after a coalition in Parliament agreed so as to add 1.5 billion kroner ($223 million) to the already agreed-upon defence price range for 2023, which might put defence spending at 1.5 per cent of gross home product for that 12 months. The U.S. spends about Three.four% of its GDP on defence.
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Trump abruptly cancelled his deliberate Sept. 2-Three go to to Denmark on Tuesday, after Frederiksen had referred to as Trump’s concept to purchase Greenland “an absurd dialogue.”
Trump stated her remark “was nasty. I believed it was an inappropriate assertion. All she needed to say was say, ‘No, we wouldn’t have an interest.”’
Frederiksen stated the U.S. stays one in every of Denmark’s shut allies.
The political brouhaha over the world’s largest island comes from its strategic location within the Arctic. World warming is making Greenland extra accessible to potential oil and mineral assets. Russia, China, the U.S., Canada and different nations are racing to stake as sturdy a declare as they will to Arctic lands, hoping they are going to yield future riches.
Frederiksen has stated that Denmark doesn’t personal Greenland, which belongs to its folks. It’s a part of the Danish realm together with the Faeroe Islands, one other semi-autonomous territory, and has its personal authorities and parliament, the 31-seat Inatsisartut.
The sparsely populated island, which is 4 occasions zones behind Copenhagen, grew to become a Danish colony in 1775 and remained that means till 1953, when Denmark revised its structure and made the island a province.
In 1979, Greenland and its 56,000 residents, who’re primarily indigenous Inuits, obtained intensive residence rule however Denmark nonetheless handles its overseas and defence insurance policies, in addition to foreign money points.
Denmark pays annual subsidies of four.5 billion kroner ($670 million) to Greenland whose economic system in any other case depends upon fisheries and associated industries.
On Wednesday, the U.S. State Division stated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke together with his Danish counterpart and “expressed appreciation for Denmark’s co-operation as one of many United States’ allies and Denmark’s contributions to handle shared world safety priorities.”
Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stated Pompeo and Danish Minister of Overseas Affairs Jeppe Kofod “additionally mentioned strengthening co-operation with the Kingdom of Denmark — together with Greenland — within the Arctic.”
“Admire frank, pleasant and constructive speak with ?SecPompeo this night, affirming sturdy US-DK bond,” Kofod tweeted Wednesday night. “U.S. & Denmark are shut pals and allies with lengthy historical past of energetic engagement throughout globe.”