In one of the bigger bombshells of President Donald Trump’s Administration, on Thursday evening at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, the man himself floated a seemingly outrageous idea – LET’S BUY GREENLAND.
The redeveloper in chief may well have just a simple land grab and fixer upper opportunity in mind, but the truth is the United States has offered to purchase the world’s largest island more than once in the last one hundred and fifty years. So far, the current owner, Denmark, has not shown any interest in selling.
So, why bring it up now?
The buzz on the news services is that strategically, Greenland strengthens the United States’s position in the Arctic Circle against China and Russia. Purchasing the island, would also pretty much surround Canada. There are also mineral deposits as well as coal and potential diamond mines that have not been exploited. Greenland is very much a prize that the United States could use.
So, what do Americans think of this? It depends on one’s political leanings and Yankee thrift tendencies. The left and the cheapskates aren’t interested. Those who see a good business opportunity, thus far, are willing to entertain the idea.
Greenland is not on the market, officials there reassured the public, following reports that President Donald Trump is interested in buying the world’s largest island. “We’re open for business, not for sale,” Greenland’s foreign ministry tweeted Friday.
“It must be an April Fool’s Day joke … but totally out of season!” former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen tweeted.
“No thanks to Trump buying Greenland!” member of Parliament Aaja Chemnitz Larsen said.
“Greenland has been a part of the Danish / Norwegian kingdom for about 500 years before there was anything called the United States at all,” member of Parliament Søren Espersen tweeted. “But that kind of detail doesn’t interest the trader at the White House. I make myself available for free if he wants a quick history lesson!”
For the right price just about anything is for sale, though, and the money would not be going to Greenland, but Denmark which spends half a billion dollars on upkeep of the island annually. Reports claim it is a drain on the Danish economy that they can ill afford any longer.
What Trump’s purpose was in floating what sounds outrageous on the surface was is anyone’s guess, but the truth is that such items only get mentioned from the boss when there is a deal in the works. Stay tuned. The United States may just buy it’s next expansion soon.