Trump cancels foreign trip and Obama is visiting instead. Yes, no joke.
President Donald Trump has just canceled an official state visit overseas in Denmark. Not to worry, though: former President Barack Obama will be traveling to the country on September 28th instead.
It all seems too odd, almost like Obama is still president.
Trump claims that he canceled because Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had "no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland" but is that really the case?
We think it's possible that Trump was just jealous Obama would receive more fanfare in the country at around the same time and it would overshadow his own trip. If we know anything about Trump, it's that he doesn't like to be outdone by anyone, especially his presidential predecessor.
We think this for a number of reasons, but one of them is a comment Trump made days ago, saying the Greenland deal really wasn't the main item on the agenda:
“Denmark essentially owns it,” he said. “We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No. 1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”
So, then, if Greenland was just an idea, how come Trump listed that as his excuse?
Oh, well. In any case - the country is happy he is coming again. Obama last went to Denmark in 2018, and had visited while in office. While there he will play host to an event entitled: "A Conversation with President Barack Obama".
Musikkens Hus CEO Lasse Rich Henningsen will moderate the event, and is a big fan of his:
“President Obama is one of the people I look up to most in the in the world, so I’m hugely looking forward to meeting him,” Henningsen told Ritzau.
The mayor of Aalborg, where the event will be hosted, is ecstatic, as well:
“I’m in not a second of doubt that this will be a new climax for Aalborg and all of North Jutland. “I’m delighted that one of the world’s most prominent people sees potential in visiting Aalborg to share his visions about such topics as leadership and entrepreneurship.”
Those last words must have angered Trump.