Mr. Trump announced that he wants to buy Greenland, which has garnered more than enough jokes. The president has said that he wants to do this by executive order although is currently a Danish territory.
On Friday, though, Greenland’s foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters:
‘We are open for business, but we’re not for sale.’
In September, Trump will be visiting Copenhagen and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland. The arctic is an autonomous Danish territory.
The Wall Street Journal first reported news of Trump’s desire to purchase Greenland. According to Reuters:
‘Two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters that the notion had been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others in the White House.’
Former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter:
‘It has to be an April’s Fools joke, totally out of season.’
Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party said:
‘If he is truly contemplating this, then this final proof, that he has gone mad.’
‘The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.’
Greenland is dependant on Danish economic support, but is a self-ruling island located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) said:
‘My immediate thought is “No, thank you.”‘
Former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, said on Twitter:
‘Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe.’
According to Reuters:
‘Greenland is gaining attention from global super powers including China, Russia and the United States due to its strategic location and its mineral resources.’
Another item of interest to note is that back in May U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia was behaving aggressively in the Arctic and China’s actions there had to be watched closely.
A defense treaty which dates back to 1951 gives the United States U.S. military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.
‘Martin Lidegaard, senior lawmaker of the Danish Social Liberal Party and a former foreign minister, called the idea “a grotesque proposal” which had no basis in reality.’
‘We are talking about real people and you can’t just sell Greenland like an old colonial power. But what we can take seriously is that the U.S. stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise and they want a much bigger influence.’
The Danish West Indies Islands were sold to the U.S. in 1917 for $25 million and renamed the United States Virgin Islands.
This seems to be one of Trump’s most ludicrous ideas to date and he continues to be laughed off the face of the planet for it. It is evident that he wants all the power he can get but some things are just not going to happen.
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