Donald Trump Is Insisting The US Could Buy Greenland

The president made his latest comments despite Danish officials making it very clear the country isn't for sale.

Donald Trump has said the idea of buying Greenland from Denmark has been discussed within his administration because of the strategic benefits for the US.

He also suggested that the semi-autonomous territory was a financial burden to Denmark.

On Thursday, surprise and confusion greeted a Wall Street Journal report which revealed Trump has been raising the subject of buying Greenland in recent weeks.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Officials in Greenland have said it is not for sale, and Trump played down the initial reports on Sunday, stating that the purchase is not a priority of his administration.

“It’s just something we’ve talked about,” Trump told reporters when asked about the idea.

“Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark.

“We’ve protected Denmark like we protect large portions of the world, so the concept came up.”

Trump’s comment came shortly after the Danish prime minister branded the whole discussion “absurd”.

Mette Frederiksen told newspaper Sermitsiaq on Sunday: “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland.

“I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”

Greenland: Not for sale
Greenland: Not for sale
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The US military has operated for decades from Thule Air Base in Greenland, which is situated between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

The northern-most US base is part of the military’s global network of radars and other sensors to provide ballistic missile warning and space surveillance.

“Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that,” the president said.

Trump, who made a fortune in the New York real estate market and owns or licenses properties around the world, appeared to cast the idea from the perspective of a developer.

“Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done.

“It’s hurting Denmark very badly, because they’re losing almost $700m (£577m) a year carrying it. So they carry it at a great loss,” he said.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said Greenland was “a strategic place” with “a lot of valuable minerals”.

Trump is expected to visit Denmark in September as part of a trip to Europe.


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