Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defence spending

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish Prime Minister yesterday lashed out at United States (US) President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defence willingness is not just about the amount of money spent.

Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s comment is the latest in an escalating spat between the US and Denmark after Trump scrapped a visit to the country, saying current Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was “nasty” when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity.

Loekke Rasmussen, who led the country until June, tweeted yesterday to Trump, “We have had (proportionally) exactly the same numbers of casualties in Afghanistan as US. We always stand firm and ready.”

Trump, who has urged The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members to do more to meet the alliance’s goal of committing two per cent of gross domestic product to defence, earlier tweeted that “Denmark is only at 1.35 per cent”.

“We will not accept that our defence willingness is only about percentages,” Loekke Rasmussen tweeted.

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen makes a comment about United States President’s cancellation of his scheduled State Visit, in front of the State Department in Copenhagen. PHOTO: AP