President Donald Trump is actually looking into the possibility of purchasing Greenland for the United States, one of his top advisers said.
Larry Kudlow, the economic adviser to the president, said that the purchase of the island, owned by Denmark, is being considered.
“I don’t want to predict an outcome,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m just saying, the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look at a Greenland purchase.”
“And Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally, Greenland is a strategic place, up there. And they’ve got a lot of valuable minerals,” he said.
“Look, it’s an interesting story. It’s developing, we’re looking at it,” Kudlow said of the news, showing that the president is not deterred.
And while Democrats and news agencies could scoff at the idea, President Trump is not the first person to suggest it.
“We all know years ago Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland. Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally.
“Greenland is a strategic place up there. And they’ve got a lot of valuable minerals,” Kudlow said to host Dana Perino who was filling in for Chris Wallace.
Greenland’s Prime Minister Kim Kielsen dismissed the idea of selling Greenland when The Wall Street Journal broke the story last week.
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“Greenland is not for sale and cannot be sold, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries – including the United States,” he said.
Other officials of Denmark similarly dismissed the idea of selling the island nation, which is rich in natural resources.
“’It has to be an April Fool’s joke. Totally out of season,” the island nation’s former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.
“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” Danish People’s Party foreign minister Soren Espersen said.
“The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous,” he said of the idea, The Daily Mail Reported.
There were two failed attempts by U.S. to purchase it: President Harry Truman tried to buy it for $100 million in 1946 and the State Department inquired about it in 1867.
It’s unclear how the U.S. would go about purchasing it today, should the situation change, or how much the world’s largest island would cost.
The 811,000-square-mile island of icy terrain in the Atlantic inhabits about 56,000 people, and though it is technically in North American waters, the self-governing land is culturally European.
It handles its own domestic affairs but foreign matters and security policy is handled by Copenhagen.
The U.S. is not the only nation keeping a close eye on the territory, which has three-quarters of its land covered with an ice sheet. Russia and China are also said to be interested because of the territory’s strategic location and mineral resources.
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