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President Trump and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Photos: Alex Wong/Getty Images; Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump's decision to cancel his state trip to Denmark after being told that Greenland is not for sale has caused a mix of anger and confusion among current and former Danish politicians.

The state of play: The president's decision "came as a surprise," the Royal House's communications director told Denmark's public broadcaster DR. "That's all we have to say about that."

What they're saying: Former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt was more explicit in her criticism: "Is this some sort of joke? Deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark."

  • Martin Lidegaard, the head of the Danish Parliament's foreign affairs committee, told the Washington Post that he hoped Danes would not take this "quite absurd" episode too seriously. "[W]e should not let Trump impact Danish-U.S. relations in a negative way."
  • Former Finance Minister Kristian Jensen tweeted: "This has gone from a great opportunity for a strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic crisis."
  • Former Minister of Business and Financial Affairs Rasmus Jarlov tweeted, "As a Dane (and a conservative) it is very hard to believe. For no reason Trump assumes that (an autonomous) part of our country is for sale. Then insultingly cancels visit that everybody was preparing for. ... Please show more respect."
  • Pernille Skipper, a left-wing Danish politician, tweeted that "Trump lives on another planet. Self-sufficient and disrespectful."
  • Søren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party, told Danish newspaper Politiken that Trump’s behavior reminded him of "a spoiled child."

Context: Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish media Sunday that President Trump's reported desire to purchase Greenland is an "an absurd discussion" and that the territory is not for sale, per Reuters.

  • That prompted Trump to announce on Twitter he would be "postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time" because Frederiksen had been "so direct."
  • The president had previously accepted an invitation to meet with Denmark's Queen Margrethe II as part of a larger state visit.

Go deeper: The great game comes to Greenland

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Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.

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U.S. freezes aid to Sudan over military coup

Protesting the coup in Khartoum. Photo: AFP via Getty

The Biden administration froze a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy.

Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the chaotic scenes that followed the announcements from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling council, dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency.

Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority

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Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year, bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 13, compared to nine Republicans.

Why it matters: The increasing number of Democratic retirements — put against the backdrop of President Biden's sagging approval ratings and uncertainty about redistricting — is adding to concerns the party may not be able to keep its slim majority in the House.