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Greenland Responds to Rumor Trump Wants to Buy It

'We are open for business, but we're not for sale'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2019 11:57 AM CDT
In this image taken on June 15, 2019, small pieces of ice float in the water in Nuuk Fjord, Greenland.   (AP Photo/Keith Virgo)

(Newser) – Yet another US president has had his dreams to scoop up Greenland quashed. Donald Trump joins Harry S. Truman and Andrew Johnson in being informed such a purchase is not going to happen after all, despite reports that Trump had indeed mulled the idea last spring at buying the semi-autonomous island territory from Denmark. "We are open for business, but we're not for sale," was the official reaction from Greenland's foreign minister, Ane Lone Bagger, per Reuters. Former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen also weighed in, on Twitter. "It must be an April Fool's Day joke ... but totally out of season!" he wrote. More on this headline-maker from around the internet:

  • Further reaction from Greenland: "Of course, Greenland is not for sale. Because of the unofficial nature of the news, the government of Greenland has no further comments," reads a statement from the office of Premier Kim Kielsen, per NBC News. A science expert with the Greenland Climate Research Centre adds, "I honestly don't know what to say, as I have a hard time taking it seriously."
  • And from Denmark: "If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad," a rep for the right-wing Danish People's Party tells the BBC. "The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous." One of the country's conservative MPs adds on Twitter: "Out of all things that are not going to happen this is the most unlikely. Forget it."
  • What happened with past bids? The Washington Post reports that Harry Truman's administration offered Denmark $100 million in gold bars in 1946, but the offer was "seen as a bit of an insult" and rejected, per a Florida State University professor. The Reykjavik Grapevine, meanwhile, details the interest that Andrew Johnson's administration had in both Greenland and Iceland. A research report put together at that time noted the "vast quantities" of wildlife and "good coal" on Greenland and recommended it be purchased for both "political and commercial" reasons. The deal never came to fruition.

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