— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 16, 2019
Sources close to Trump claim that on numerous occasions, he has expressed interest in buying the icy island Greenland.
“Greenland is an autonomous Danish territory with a population of more than 50,000 and has natural resources such as coal and uranium. Trump reportedly told advisers in one exchange last spring he’d heard that Denmark was having financial problems because of the subsidies it pays to Greenland, and wondered if he should buy it. “What do you guys think about?” Trump asked the room, a source told the Journal. “Do you think it would work?”
But, there’s one major obstacle preventing Trump from buying the world’s largest island: It’s not for sale.
Greenland’s foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters, “We are open for business, but we’re not for sale,”
Oh dear lord.
As someone who loves Greenland, has been there 9 times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe. 🇬🇱❤️ https://t.co/Cs2wHhC6U9
— Rufus Gifford (@rufusgifford) August 15, 2019
Trump is not the first president who has expressed interest in purchasing Greenland. In 1946, President Truman offered to purchase the island for $100 but Denmark refused to sell.
Next month, Trump will to travel to Copenhagen to meet with the prime ministers of both Denmark and Greenland.