Trump has privately talked about US purchase of Greenland: sources

Published August 16, 2019, 1:20 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters 

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – US President Donald Trump has privately discussed with aides and advisers the idea of the United States purchasing the island of Greenland as a way to expand US territory, two sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018.  (REUTERS / Lucas Jackson / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018.
(REUTERS / Lucas Jackson / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

The notion of purchasing the icy, autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans has been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but taken more seriously by others, the sources said.

The idea of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. President Harry Truman had offered to buy Greenland in 1946 for $100 million.

Trump, who is on a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, is to make his first visit to Denmark early in September.

There has been no indication that a Greenland purchase will be on the agenda for his talks with Danish officials.

Thule Air Base in Greenland is the US military’s northernmost installation.

 
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