Danish Prime Minister Criticizes US' Attempt to Acquire Greenland

Cheryl Sanders
August 21, 2019

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called Trump's purchase idea "absurd".

President Donald Trump on Sunday confirmed his intention of buying Greenland, as it seemed like a "strategically interesting" option.

The world's largest non-continental island Greenland, also an autonomous Danish territory between North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, with much of its surface covered in ice is in controversy these days. Greenland is not Danish.

U.S. president Donald Trump confirmed on Sunday plans to buy Greenland, an autonomous part of Denmark.

Greenland made headlines last week after reports that Trump had "on multiple occasions" brought up the idea of purchasing the island from Denmark.


In 1946, President Harry Truman's administration proposed buying Greenland from Denmark for $100 million, according to the Associated Press.

While this sounds absolutely ridiculous, it would not be the first time the USA purchased an enormous parcel of very cold land from a foreign country, having purchased Alaska from Russian Federation back in 1867. "We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world, and the concept came up". "So, they carry it at great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice".

In 1819, the Treaty of Adama-Onis was signed between United States and Spain that surrendered Florida to the USA and furthermore characterized the boundary between two nations.

"It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that", Trump concluded.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said Greenland was "a strategic place" with "a lot of valuable minerals".


Not so fast, Greenland responded: We're not for sale.

"Greenland is not Danish". Apart from its fishing grounds, renewable energy locations, and tourist attractions, Greenland does offer other more lucrative resources such as oil and uranium ore. "I mean, essentially, it's a large real estate deal", he said.

Trump will meet both Frederiksen and Greenland's PM Kim Kielsen on a state visit to Denmark scheduled for 2nd-3rd September.

Greenland's ministry of foreign affairs insisted Friday the island was ready to talk business, but was not for sale. The northern-most US base is part of the military's global network of radars and other sensors to provide ballistic missile warning and space surveillance.

The US Air Force now maintains one base in northern Greenland, Thule Air Force Base, some 1,200km south of the North Pole.


Looking at the Arctic as a potential theater of war, Western researchers wanted to know how storms moved around the region, how quickly ice melted and froze with the seasons, how the aurora could impact radio communications and navigational equipment, and how the ocean currents could impact naval maneuvers.

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