Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen on Sunday responded to President Trump’s interest in the U.S. buying Greenland.
“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland.
According to Reuters, President Trump told reporters on Sunday that he had recently discussed the possibility of buying Greenland for the U.S, confirming the news which went viral last week.
“The concept came up and …strategically it’s interesting,” Trump told reporters from the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey, as he prepared to board Air Force One.
“It is not No.1 on the burner; I can tell you that.”
Larry Kudlow, White House economic adviser had stated earlier this week that President Trump privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying Greenland.
“I don’t want to predict an outcome. 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,” Kudlow told Fox News.
Kudlow said the situation was “developing” and noted that U.S. President Harry Truman also had wanted to buy Greenland.
“And Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally, Greenland is a strategic place, up there. And they’ve got a lot of valuable minerals,” Kudlow added.
“It’s an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That’s where the conversation ends,” Danish Prime Minister told the Danish broadcaster DR.
Greenland’s foreign minister, Ane Lone Bagger, had told Reuters on Friday: “We are open for business, but we’re not for sale.”
Although President Trump said Sunday that buying Greenland isn’t “No. 1 on the burner” he quipped that Denmark may want the US to take the world’s biggest island off its hands to save money.
“Well Greenland, I don’t know, it got released somehow, it’s just something we talked about,” Trump told reporters as he left his Bedminster resort to return to Washington, referencing a Friday Wall Street Journal article about the president’s flirtation with buying Greenland.
“Denmark, essentially, owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. And so the concept came up and I said certainly, strategically it’s interesting. And we’d be interested.”
President Trump then suggested that Greenland was “hurting Denmark very badly” throwing out the figure that it cost the Danish government “$700 million,” New York Post reported.
“So they carry it at a great loss. And strategically for the United States it would be nice,” Trump added.
Greenland is an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been for more than a millennium, politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark, the colonial powers, as well as the nearby island of Iceland) The majority of its residents are Inuit, whose ancestors began migrating from the Canadian mainland in the 13th century, gradually settling across the island.
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