Washington, Aug 16 : United States President Donald Trump has expressed interest in buying massive icy island Greenland from Denmark, American daily newspaper Washington Post (WaPo) reported, adding that he has even sought the view of the White House counsel with varying degrees of seriousness.
A 8,11,000 square miles on Zillow, Greenland is a massive island and autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. However, this is not the first time that a US Prez has shown interest in the island. In 1946 US President Harry Truman tried to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100m but was rebuffed. There was a more successful precedent dating back to 1917 when the US acquired the Danish West Indies, rebranding them the US Virgin Islands.
The US military already has a major air base in Greenland, on the north-west of the island. The base has 600 personnel and is important in the country’s global radar system. Mr Trump is scheduled to travel to Denmark next month in his first official visit to the kingdom, though Greenland is not thought to be on the agenda.
The Journal reported that the president raised the issue at a dinner last year in which he said he had heard Denmark was finding its financial support to the self-governing territory burdensome. What Denmark thinks about that is in itself not at all clear. (UNI)