Danes mock Donald Trump after he suggested BUYING Greenland – The Sun

DENMARK has unequivocally said it will not be selling Greenland to Donald Trump, despite the US president's hopes of buying the Arctic island.

Instead, Danes have ruthlessly mocked Trump over social media after he asked his aides to look into the idea of buying the autonomous Danish territory, reports claim.

The US President reportedly discussed the possible purchase with allies, with the Danish territory in a potentially crucial strategic location if tensions with Russia rise.

The novel idea comes as Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September, with the Arctic set to be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland.

Former prime minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen exclaimed over Twitter: "It has to be an April Fool's joke. Totally out of season."

Foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People's Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR: "If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad.

"The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous."

"I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term," Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland's second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) said.

"My immediate thought is 'No, thank you'," she said.

Although the notion of purchasing the territory has been laughed off by most advisers as a joke, some in the White House took the idea more seriously, two sources told Reuters.


It would not be the first time an American leader had tried to buy the world's largest island, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to buy the island, which lies between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

At a dinner last spring, the former property tycoon is reported to have mentioned buying Greenland.

“What do you guys think about that?” he asked the room, according to a source.

“Do you think it would work?”

Some of Trump’s administration supported the concept while other dismissed it as “fleeting fascination”, according to the paper.

Trump’s apparent plans have been revealed ahead of his trip to Denmark early next month, which is unrelated to the idea.


The US has long seen Greenland as strategically important and established a radar base at Thule at the start of the Cold War.

In 1946, the US proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.

Experts have suggested the US may want to buy Greenland so they could install anti-Russian military installations.

This could include early-warning radar and nuclear bomber bases.

Geographically, Greenland is classified under North America as it lies on the North American tectonic plate.


But politically, the country is recognised as part of Europe because it is considered to be a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

The autonomous Danish dependent territory has limited self-government and its own parliament.

While its government decides on domestic matters – foreign and security policy is handled by Copenhagen.

Denmark contributes two thirds of Greenland's budget revenue, the rest coming mainly from fishing.

Potential oil, gas and rare earth mineral reserves have also attracted prospecting firms.

Greenland enjoys perpetual daylight for two months each year but more than 80% of the island is covered by an ice cap 4km thick in places.

Global warming is feared to be causing the ice cover to melt increasingly fast but has also increased access to Greenland's mineral resources.

The island's population is only 57,000, but the region has struggled with social problems.

Buying Greenland would be an Alaska-type acquisition for Trump’s presidential legacy.

Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the US on October 18, 1867, through a treaty ratified by the US Senate.

It was made a state by President Eisenhower in 1948.

Alaska is now home in Fort Greely – a US Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles.

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