Whilst he was having dinner with his advisers, United States President, Donald Trump, mentioned the notion of buying Greenland, though the government in Greenland shot down the idea without any uncertainty. Politicians in Denmark also rejected Trump’s suggestion: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke… but totally out of [season]!” tweeted the former Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
According the Wall Street Journal which had the initial report, Trump discussed the idea with “varying degrees of seriousness”. Other media sources have debated if Trump was just kidding or if he’s legitimately considering the purchase.
The response to Trump’s idea
Greenland officials remain stern on their position, saying that the island is indisputably not for sale.
“Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy, and is a new frontier for adventure tourism. We’re open for business, [but we’re] not for sale,” the foreign ministry stated.
Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen commented along very similar lines. “Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries, including the USA”.
Greenland member of parliament, Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, was also opposed to Trump’s plan. “No thanks to Trump buying Greenland!”, tweeted Larsen, adding that a “better and more equal partnership with Denmark” would be a much more realistic course.
Editor-in-chief of Greenland’s Sermitsiaq newspaper, Poul Krarup, said, “Greenland is an independent area in the Danish kingdom and must be respected as such”. He also noted that the likelihood of Trump’s intentions becoming a reality wasn’t very high. “We’d like to cooperate with the U.S, no doubt about that, but we are independent and we decide who our friends are.”
Denmark politicians have mocked the concept of a potential U.S acquisition.
“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” says Soren Espersen, a foreign affairs spokesman for the populist Danish People’s Party. “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”
Danish Conservative member of parliament, Rasmus Jarlov, tweeted, “Out of all things that are not going to happen, this is the most unlikely. Forget it”.