COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Greenland is just not on the market and the concept of promoting it to america is absurd, Denmark’s prime minister stated on Sunday after an financial adviser to President Donald Trump confirmed the U.S. curiosity in shopping for the world’s largest island.
“Greenland is just not on the market. Greenland is just not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this isn’t meant critically,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen informed the newspaper Sermitsiaq throughout a go to to Greenland.
Trump confirmed to reporters on Sunday that he had just lately mentioned the likelihood, although he stated such a transfer was not an instantaneous precedence.
“The idea got here up and …strategically it’s fascinating,” Trump informed reporters from the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey, as he ready to board Air Pressure One.
“It’s not No.1 on the burner; I can inform you that.”
Trump is because of go to Copenhagen early subsequent month, when the Arctic will probably be on the agenda in conferences with Frederiksen and Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.
White Home financial adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday initially confirmed media experiences earlier within the week that Trump had privately mentioned together with his advisers the concept of shopping for Greenland.
“I don’t need to predict an end result. I’m simply saying the president, who is aware of a factor or two about shopping for actual property, needs to try a Greenland buy,” Kudlow informed Fox Information.
Kudlow stated the scenario was “creating” and famous that U.S. President Harry Truman additionally had needed to purchase Greenland.
“And Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally, Greenland is a strategic place, up there. They usually’ve bought plenty of priceless minerals,” Kudlow added.
A protection treaty between Denmark and america relationship again to 1951 offers the U.S. army rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.
Greenland, situated between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, depends on Danish financial assist. It handles its personal home affairs whereas Copenhagen takes care of protection and international coverage.
“It’s an absurd dialogue, and Kim Kielsen has in fact made it clear that Greenland is just not on the market. That’s the place the dialog ends,” Frederiksen informed the Danish broadcaster DR.
On Friday, Greenland’s international minister, Ane Lone Bagger, had informed Reuters: “We’re open for enterprise, however we’re not on the market.”
Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; extra reporting by Sarah N. Lynch in Washington, D.C.; Enhancing by Alexandra Hudson and Kevin Liffey