Donald trump repeatedly raised the issue of possible purchase of Greenland from the Danish government, and the White house counsel has examined this possibility.
The island government, however, stated on Friday, August 16, that will not happen: “Greenland is not for sale”.
About interest trump to buy Greenland was first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.
The publication noted that people familiar with the discussions said that the President raised this issue during meetings and Lunches. According to two people, he also asked the lawyer in the White house to examine this issue.
According to sources, the opinions of assistants trump split on this issue. Some appreciated it as a solid economic strategy, and others rejected as fantasy.
“They tried to buy us in 1867, tried during the Second world war, and now trying again. This will not happen”, – said the resident of Greenland Kulusuk bent Abelsen.
Greenland, an Autonomous Danish territory, is home to the airbase of Thule, the northernmost U.S. military base, located about 750 miles above the Arctic circle and built in 1951. The base is equipped with an early warning system for ballistic missiles.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, one of the sources described the dinner last spring, when trump said he was advised to engage in the purchase of Greenland, because Denmark has faced financial problems because of the support of this site.
“What do you guys think about this? This could work?”, – asked about trump.
The source added that the President’s words seemed more of a joke than a serious question. According to the source, the President is interested in Greenland because of its natural resources.
This is not the first attempt by America to Greenland, although President Harry Truman shied away from questions about his desire of the purchase of the island in 1946.
In 1867 United States Secretary of state William Seward had also expressed interest in buying the Danish territory.
Donald trump was interested in whether you can buy Greenland updated: August 20, 2019 author: Alina Dykmannews Mirtesen