Greenland to President Trump: We’re not for sale
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.