Green­land to Pres­i­dent Trump: We’re not for sale

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD - By Seth Boren­stein and Zeke Miller

TASI­ILAQ, Green­land — Green­lan­ders are giv­ing Don­ald Trump the cold shoul­der.

Al­though amused, they’re def­i­nitely not warm­ing up to the U.S. pres­i­dent’s talk of buy­ing the semi­au­tonomous Dan­ish ter­ri­tory.

“We see it as an ex­pres­sion of greater in­ter­est in in­vest­ing in our coun­try and the pos­si­bil­i­ties we of­fer,” the Green­land gov­ern­ment said Fri­day. “Of course, Green­land is not for sale.”

Re­ports that Trump had spo­ken about the no­tion of buy­ing the land mass, which lies be­tween the At­lantic and Arc­tic oceans, were good for a laugh, res­i­dents said.

Said 28-year-old Martina M.D.D. Tay, who was born and raised in Tasi­ilaq, a coastal town of about 2,000 peo­ple:“I think it’s a ridicu­lous idea.”

Lars Loekke Ras­mussen, who was Dan­ish prime min­is­ter un­til June, tweeted “it must be an April Fool’s Day joke” that was out of sea­son.

A Trump ally said Thurs­day that the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent had dis­cussed the pur­chase but was not se­ri­ous about it. And a Repub­li­can con­gres­sional aide said Trump brought up buy­ing Green­land with Amer­i­can law­mak­ers enough times to make them won­der, but they have not taken his com­ments se­ri­ously. Both spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity to dis­cuss pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions.

“Be­cause of the un­of­fi­cial na­ture of the news, the gov­ern­ment of Green­land has no fur­ther com­ments,” Green­land said on its web­site.

The White House has not com­mented on the re­ports, but it wouldn’t be the first time an Amer­i­can leader tried to buy the is­land.

In 1946, the U.S. pro­posed pay­ing Den­mark $100 mil­lion to buy Green­land af­ter flirt­ing with the idea of swap­ping land in Alaska for strate­gic parts of the Arc­tic is­land.

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