United States President Donald Trump confirmed that he is considering to buy Greenland for strategic reasons and claimed that the idea is “not No1 on the burner.” The news which was reported earlier last week was trolled widely in Social Media. It had also invited discontent from the people of Greenland and Denmark.
Greenland is under Danish territory and enjoys semi-autonomy. The country reiterated that it was not for sale. The Danish PM also said that any attempt or discussion on the purchase is nothing but absurd.
Trump apparently said that the sale would essentially be a “large real estate deal.”
“Denmark essentially owns it. We are very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that,” Trump said.
Trump will be visiting Denmark in September, as part of a trip to Europe.
While on Sunday, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq, “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”
“It’s an absurd discussion, and [Greenland prime minister] Kim Kielsen has, of course, made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That’s where the conversation ends,” he added.
In 1946, former US President Harry Truman had also offered 100 million dollars to the Denmark government to purchase the territory of Greenland. The offer was, however, turned down by them.