Trump: Can I buy Greenland?

By Doug Mattushek - 16 August 2019Views : 729


US President Donald Trump has reportedly discussed the possibility of buying the island of Greenland from Denmark.

The Wall Street Journal and several other US publications reported that Trump is eager to do what other presidents have failed to do and expand America's territory eastward. In 1946, then-President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million to purchase Greenland.

Economically, it's a smart play as the island is rich in natural resources that are becoming increasingly accessible due to global warming. Additionally, it is an economic drain on Denmark, who reportedly send $591 million in subsidies annually to help support Greenland's 56 000 population.

The US already have military base at Thule on the northeast corner of the island.

While the topic may come up during Trump's first visit to Denmark in September, former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, is hoping it's a joke.

"I hope it's a joke, because it's a terrible and grotesque thought," Rasmussen told DR Nyheder.

"I'm convinced it would be a massive loss – for Greenland and Denmark. It would mean dissolving the Commonwealth and that Greenland would suddenly be living under complete US domination."