Copenhagen, Denmark. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen today announced that a relief mission was on it's way to the island of St. Thomas in the US-owned Virgin Islands. The first plane containing electrical and civil engineers is expected to land at the capital city, Charlotte Amalie, shortly.
Most residents of the main island are without power due to Hurricane Dorian.
"The US has not requested any outside aid, and we are capable of dealing with any storm damage by ourselves," was the statement from FEMA the US disaster relief agency, when told of the Danish relief expedition. "President Trump will be there to hand out paper towels, if necessary, but our team can handle any possible trouble from Hurricane Dorian."
When informed of the Danish effort, Trump tweeted; "That's absurd. We won't even let them land at the island airport. Hope they have enough fuel to get home."
Frederiksen explained her intervention by recalling the disaster at Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria two years ago. "That big asininity from Washington went to San Juan and did nothing. Two years later the island is still a mess, with the power grid still out in some places. We can't let that happen to "our" Danish West Indies. That's why we are sending a team of electrical engineers."
The Virgin Islands were known for nearly 300 years as "The Danish West Indies.' Recently, Frederiksen formally reclaimed the islands which had been sold under duress to the US in 1917. The issue is up to the United Nations.