Greenland leader again rejects Trump buying idea

Carla Harmon
August 21, 2019

Kielsen made his latest remarks hours after the President tweeted an image of a gold Trump hotel edited plopped onto a Greenland village Monday night.

It was the second time in less than a week that the United States president stirred worldwide attention toward the Arctic island, which is not only the world's largest in size, but also one of the globe's smallest democracies with only 56,000 inhabitants.

Danish officials balked at the notion and described the idea as "absurd".

Donald Trump cancelled a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen because she does not want to sell Greenland.


The US already has a strategically valuable Air Force base in the island's north. But he cautioned a USA troop withdrawal agreement might not be realized.

Purchasing Greenland might not be as unreasonable as it sounds, some have countered, and such a transaction would not be unprecedented. "I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously", Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland on Sunday.

But the rapid melting of glacial ice due to global warming in Greenland has opened up greater opportunities. Denmark colonized the 772,000 square-mile (two-million square kilometer) island in the 18th century.

Trump was scheduled to depart at the end of August on a trip that included stops in Denmark and Poland.


In 1897, President McKinley signed the treaty of annexation of Hawaii to the United States.

Under a 1951 deal, Denmark allowed the USA to build bases and radar stations on Greenland.

"Don't laugh - an American purchase of Greenland could represent an extraordinary deal in terms of America's national security, economic interests, and environmental protection".

Greenland is believed to have substantial natural resources that have in the past been inaccessible to the extraction industry.


In the wake of the mass shootings in Texas and OH, the president had said he was looking to implement "very meaningful background checks", claiming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is on board.

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