Danish officials unanimously reject Trump’s interest in buying Greenland

Danish officials unanimously reject Trump’s interest in buying Greenland

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Officials from Denmark rejected the US President Trump’s offer to buy Greenland.

Expressing their position, Greenland's foreign ministry tweeted on Friday: "We're open for business, not for sale".

US President Donald Trump had expressed interest on Friday in buying the world's largest island. Earlier, CBS News confirmed Mr. Trump asked his aides and the White House counsel to look into the possibility of buying the island, which is an autonomous Danish territory. It's home to Thule Air Base, the U.S. military's northernmost base.

But Danish politicians have been quick to dismiss it. "It must be an April Fool's Day joke ... but totally out of season!" former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen tweeted.

But, Republican Representative Mike Gallagher tweeted that the suggestion isn’t “crazy", adding that the US “has a compelling strategic interest in Greenland, and this should absolutely be on the table".

The news report comes in view of Trump’s first formal visit to Denmark on 2-3 September, where he will meet with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and attend a state dinner hosted by Queen Margrethe II.

More than 80% of Greenland’s 2.2 million sq. km are covered in ice, and the island has attracted considerable attention recently amid concerns that climate change is causing that ice to melt at a record pace. Greenland’s population of just 56,000 is concentrated around its coast lines.

In Greenland, the US had built several military bases and weather stations since World War II. In 1968, a B-52 bomber carrying nuclear weapons crashed near the Thule air base in northwestern Greenland, causing radioactive contamination.