Top Trump Adviser: Greenland Purchase Is 'Developing'

Larry Kudlow talks to Dana Perino on 'Fox News Sunday'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2019 1:27 PM CDT
Top Trump Advisor Says Greenland Is Still in Play
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks to reporters outside the White House, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Larry Kudlow kept the Greenland story alive on Fox News Sunday even though the island nation has said it's not for sale, reports NBC News. The White House economic advisor chuckled when host Dana Perino asked whether she could join him on a possible site survey to Greenland. "It's an interesting story," he told Perino. "It's developing. We're looking at it. We don't know." He went on to explain why Greenland—an autonomous Danish dependent territory with some self-government—was once of interest to President Harry Truman and has caught President Trump's eye. "Denmark owns Greenland. Denmark is an ally," Kudlow said.

"Greenland is a strategic place up there and they've got a lot of valuable minerals," he added. "I don't want to predict an outcome. I just know the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look at a potential Greenland purchase." (See the clip at Mediaite.) Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., also proved resistant to the many eye-rolls the Greenland notion has inspired, per the Washington Post. Calling it "a very interesting proposal," Manchin noted on CBS' Face the Nation that the US already has a military base there. "And I understand the strategy for that in that part of the world and the Arctic opening up the way it is now," he said. (See how Trump initially floated the Greenland idea.)

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