On Sunday, the United States President Donald Trump has confirmed his interest in purchasing of Greenland, but claims that it wasn’t a priority for his administration.
The US President told sources, “It’s something we talked about.”
“The concept came up and I said certainly, strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to (Denmark) a little bit,” President Trump said, stressing that it was “not number one on the burner” for the US Government.
On Thursday, President Trump had expressed his desire in the self-governing part of Denmark, which is most of the time covered in ice, asked the advisors that if it would be profitable for the United States to obtain the territory,
Donald Trump is a former real estate magnate. He has been curious about the geopolitical relevance and natural resources of the area, said sources.
When questioned if he would consider trading a US territory for Greenland, he replied that there are “a lot of things could be done.”
President Trump continued, “Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal,” adding that “its hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it… and strategically, for the United States, it would be nice.”
Denmark has colonized the 772,000 square-mile Island in the 18th century, which is a resident of only 57,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit community.
On Friday, Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has insisted that the Island was ready to talk business, but wasn’t for sale.
It tweets, “#Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism.”
“We’re open for business, not for sale,” added the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.