WATCH: Danish PM Rasmussen in close shave with falling roof tile

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen came in for a fright but was unscathed after a near miss with a falling roof tile outside the National Museum of Denmark.

WATCH: Danish PM Rasmussen in close shave with falling roof tile
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

During an interview outside the museum on Monday, a tile fell from a height of around 12 metres, landing very close to the PM, who was speaking to broadcaster TV2 at the time.

TV2’s reporter Sverre Quist said the tile landed around one metre from Rasmussen.

Journalist Cathrine Bloch of Berlingske, who was also present, wrote on Twitter that the incident looked “seriously insane”.

Rasmussen has in the past specifically mentioned being “hit on the head by a roof tile” in reference to contingency planning for his succession in an emergency, according to Bloch.

A visibly shake PM was immediately taken to safety by police security personnel after the tile hit the ground, TV2 writes.

He was able to comment on the incident shortly afterwards, however.

“I think we all had a shock there. But I was fortunately not hit on the head by a roof tile,” he said to TV2.

“We have things under such control in the Liberal party that we’d know what to do if I were hit on the head by a roof tile,” he added afterwards.

“For just a split second, you think, ‘you never know’. It’s a small reminder that nothing should be taken for granted in life,” he said.

Nobody was injured due to the incident, TV2 reports. The National Museum is looking into the cause of the falling tile, but renovation is not to blame, the cultural institution’s head of communication Jacob Frische said to the broadcaster.

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‘This is how to leave office’: Former Danish PM sends Trump a message

Former Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen had a few words of advice for US president Donald Trump on Friday.

'This is how to leave office': Former Danish PM sends Trump a message
Former Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

In a Twitter post, Rasmussen, who was Danish premier from 2009-2011 and 2015-2019, tagged Trump and said he had “just a little piece of advice”.

“This is the right way to leave office with honor once you have lost election,” Rasmussen continued, posting a photograph of himself walking away from the Danish parliament in Copenhagen with a rucksack over his shoulder.

“Thanks for honest conversations over the last 4 years. Let's keep in touch. Best regards. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark,” the former PM concluded.

Trump propagated disinformation about voter fraud prior to the US election and, since Tuesday’s vote, has falsely claimed victory and filed lawsuits in a number of states, before last night making a televised speech so crammed with falsehoods that many news stations cut their broadcasts and even some Republicans condemned it as undermining democracy.

A winner of the US general election is yet to be declared, but vote counting across battleground states shows Democrat Joe Biden steadily closing in on victory.

It’s not the first time Rasmussen, whose time as leader of the Danish government overlapped with Trump’s first two years as president, has challenged the belligerent US commander-in-chief, on social media and elsewhere.

In February 2018, he tweeted Trump to ask for reform on gun control in the wake of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

He subsequently admitted that his tweet had not set “a new standard for diplomacy”.

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He also made public remarks criticising Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and to censure the president over American tariffs on metal imported into the United States, and called his 2018 speech at the United Nations general assembly “discouraging”.

Rasmussen said prior to meeting Trump for the first time in 2017 that “first and foremost I want to have a good meeting” in “a good atmosphere that will allow me to keep in touch with the American president”.

If his latest social media message to the president is anything to go by, the former prime minister’s feelings haven’t changed in that regard.

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