President Donald Trump made a strange announcement ahead of his trip to Denmark.
He’s interested in a “Green” deal of his own, but this has nothing to do with climate change, nor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal.
National Economic Council head Larry Kudlow confirmed that Trump is interested in buying Greenland.
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Trump is eyeing the territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, saying it would be “strategically” interesting.
“We’re very good allies with Denmark,” Trump said. “We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. We’d be interested.”
“Essentially it’s a large real estate deal,” Trump said. “A lot of things can be done.”
It’s quite possible that Trump may be looking to seize on an opportunity: According to him Denmark is losing money by the boatload on Greenland, Bloomberg reports. $700 million to be exact, with Denmark paying a $500 million subsidy each year.
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If Trump’s math is right, then he may be onto something.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen responded to the inquiry finding little funny about the whole idea.
“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland,” Frederiksen on Sunday told newspaper Sermitsiaq. “I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”
What Frederiksen failed to realize is that whether or not Greenland is up for sale isn’t up to her at all, nor Denmark.
The people of Greenland would get to decide, according to experts at Politico.
Though under the Kingdom of Denmark, it has its own parliament. If a deal were to be secured it would include Denmark, but ultimately the people of Greenland would get to negotiate rights to what happens with their land.
In that scenario, the Greenlandic people could argue for statehood, or U.S. citizenship, also given that the price tag is right.
Whether or not the entire thing is one big joke, what experts also know is that Greenland has amassed a host of natural resources, resources that China has been trying to capture. With his words, Trump is playing the long game with a rarely discussed nation.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” Kudlow maintained that Greenland is a “strategic place” to do business.
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Trump was scheduled to visit Denmark Sept. 2 and 3, by way of invitation of Queen Margrethe II, but rolled back his visit after PM Frederiksen’s comments.
The Horn editorial team