Danish PM Calls Trump's Interest in Buying Greenland 'Absurd'

Clay Curtis
August 21, 2019

"Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to (Denmark) a little bit", he told reporters, adding that he viewed it as a "large real estate deal". "We're very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world".

Trump's interest in acquiring the island, which has a population of around 58,000 people, is definitely not the first time the USA has attempted such a move.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called Trump's purchase idea "absurd".

But the idea has gotten a chilly reception both in Greenland and in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Greenland belongs to Greenland. "Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant". A spokesman for Greenland's Premier Kim Kielsen mentioned in an interview in the U.S. that Greenland was definitely not for sale. "That's where the conversation ends".

Speaking to reporters in New Jersey on Sunday, Trump described the idea as "a large real estate deal". The northern-most USA base is part of the military's global network of radars and other sensors to provide ballistic missile warning and space surveillance. "It's not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that".

"In my opinion, there are no advantages", Coffey told The Federalist of Trump's proposal to buy Greenland.

The president, a former real estate magnate, has been curious about the area's natural resources and geopolitical relevance, the paper said.

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He added: "Years ago, [then-President] Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland". Apart from its fishing grounds, renewable energy locations, and tourist attractions, Greenland does offer other more lucrative resources such as oil and uranium ore.

Additionally, Greenland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week said in a statement that the country was not interested in any acquisition talks.

On the other hand, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow were far less concerned.

Such American forces have operated for decades from Thule Air Base in Greenland, the northern-most U.S. base which is part of a global network of radars and sensors for missile warnings and space surveillance. "Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally".

While the idea has gotten a chilly reception both in Greenland and in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, Denmark's prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, immediately reacted to the USA leader's undiplomatic offer.

The most recent attempt came in 1946, as tensions between the United States and Russian Federation began to flare at the start of the Cold War.

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