Earlier this week, United States President Donald Trump confirmed that he is interested in purchasing Greenland from Denmark describing it as “a large real estate deal”. Now, the Prime Minister of Denmark has responded, telling Trump that the massive island is not for sale.
While Trump’s interest was received as hilarious and downright ridiculous by people on the internet, Greenland and Denmark consider it as no laughing matter. Greenland, as an autonomous Danish territory, made it clear that it was not for sale.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen calls Trump’s intention to buy Greenland “absurd”. Speaking to news outlet Sermitsiaq during a visit to the autonomous territory, Frederiksen reiterated that it was not something to be purchased.
“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously,” Frederiksen said.
US economic adviser Larry Kudlow first confirmed reports that private discussions were held between Trump and his advisers regarding the possible purchase of Greenland. Trump doubled down on the plans speaking to reporters on Sunday saying that it is being taken into consideration although not a priority.
“Denmark essentially owns it[Greenland],” he told reporters in New Jersey. “…the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly I’d be.’ Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No1 on the burner, I can tell you that.”
Speaking to local Danish media, Frederiksen said of the discussion, “It’s an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen has, of course, made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That’s where the conversation ends.”