Danish politicians reacted sarcastically with cool nerves to President Trump’s desire to buy Greenland, explaining that the island and its inhabitants were not for sale, while some politicians considered Trump’s idea “too ridiculous”.
Danish politicians scoffed Friday at the idea of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump discussed privately the idea of buying the world’s largest island with his advisers. “It must be a late April Fool”, former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen Tweeted.
“If he really thinks about it, this is a final proof that he has lost his mind”, Soren Espersen, a spokesman for the Danish People’s Party’s foreign affairs, told DR radio.
“The idea that Denmark sells 50,000 citizens to the United States is absolutely ridiculous”, he said.
Trump is scheduled to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and the autonomous island of Greenland.
The idea was also rejected by Aja Chemnitz Larsen, one of the two elected members of the Danish parliament for Greenland.
“No thanks to Trump for buying Greenland!” tweeted.
By contrast, a better and more equal partnership with Denmark must be the way for Greenland to move forward, and is stronger and more independent in the long run”.
Martin Lidgaard, foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish Social Liberal Party, which supports the minority government in Denmark, pointed to Trump’s desire as a joke.
Ledgard tweeted: “Trump buys Greenland?!
I hope it is a joke, otherwise it is a terrible idea given the gravity of the militarization of Greenland, and the less independence of the people of Greenland – plus it is a great loss for Denmark”.
Prime Minister Mete Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Djiby Kovod couldn’t be reached for comment, but officials said they would respond later on Friday.
The US embassy in Copenhagen couldn’t be reached for comment.
“My goodness”, former US ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford tweeted.
As a person who loves Greenland, and has visited every corner in it nine times and loves its people, this is a complete and total disaster”.
Greenland is gaining the attention of world powers including China, Russia and the United States because of its strategic location and mineral resources.
Worth mentioning, that US President Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland, the world’s largest island that currently belongs to Denmark, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The newspaper quoted “informed sources” in the White House that Trump repeatedly asked his advisers whether the United States can buy Greenland, and followed with interest discussions about the island’s resources, and geopolitical importance, including the possibility of expanding the US military presence in the Arctic.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump has asked the White House legal adviser to conduct a legal examination of the project.
The paper acknowledges that it is not known how seriously Trump is interested in the idea.
The Wall Street Journal recalled that this was not the first American attempt to buy Greenland.After World War II, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $ 100 million for the island, but his offer was rejected, while the US State Department has been considering access to the island since 1867.
Greenland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, with an area of mostly snow-covered land, 2,166,000 square kilometers, with a population of just 56,000.