Trump Wants US To Buy Greenland, Inuit Say “No, Thanks”

Another major whim for the former real estate magnate.

President Donald Trump says he wants the US to acquire the world's biggest island, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

The world's most famous real estate developer, who hasn't forgotten his old job, reportedly asked advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire Greenland, a Danish territory of 57 000 inhabitants. 

"It has to be an April Fool's joke. Totally out of season," former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter on Thursday. Same reaction for Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the right-wing Danish People's Party who told on the radio:

"If he is truly contemplating this, then this is the final proof that he has gone mad."

As for Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, an MP from the island's second-largest party, Inuit Ataqatigiit, he commented:

"My immediate thought is 'No, thank you," according to Reuters news agency.

Donald Trump now knows what to expect during his official visit to Denmark in early September. This is not the first time an American president has coveted Greenland. In 1946, Harry S. Truman had offered Denmark to buy the ice island for $100 million.

A Global Warming Challenge

The world's largest island has suffered from climate change, scientists say, becoming a giant melting icicle that threatens to submerge the world's coastal areas one day. The melting of the ice, which causes sea level to rise, has quadrupled between 2003 and 2013.

The Republican elected official is known for his climate skeptical positions. Starting with the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Since his election, he systematically sought to unravel environmental regulations adopted during the eight years of Democratic Barack Obama's presidency.

"Boy, look at that view. Wouldn't that make a great condo?"

One thing is for sure, Donald Trump has definitely not put his real estate loves behind him. At his summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, he extolled North Korea’s tourism development potential.

"They have great beaches," Trump told journalists. "You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy, look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?"

Konbini news With AFP

By Konbini News, published on 16/08/2019