WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump stated Sunday the thought of shopping for Greenland from Denmark has been mentioned inside his administration due to the strategic advantages for the U.S. and advised that the semi-autonomous territory is a monetary burden to Denmark.
Shock and confusion greeted a Wall Road Journal report final Thursday that Trump has been elevating the topic of shopping for Greenland in latest weeks. Officers in Greenland have stated it’s not on the market and Trump allowed Sunday that it’s not a precedence of his administration.
“It’s simply one thing we’ve talked about,” Trump instructed reporters when requested in regards to the concept. “Denmark primarily owns it. We’re superb allies with Denmark. We’ve protected Denmark like we defend massive parts of the world, so the idea got here up.”
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The U.S. army has operated for many years from Thule Air Base in Greenland, which is located between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The northern-most U.S. base is a part of the army’s world community of radars and different sensors to offer ballistic missile warning and house surveillance.
“Strategically it’s attention-grabbing and we’d have an interest, however we’ll speak to them slightly bit. It’s not No. 1 on the burner, I can inform you that,” the president stated.
Trump, who made a fortune within the New York actual property market and owns or licenses properties all over the world, appeared to forged the thought from the angle of a developer.
“Basically, it’s a big actual property deal. A whole lot of issues could be executed. It’s hurting Denmark very badly, as a result of they’re dropping virtually $700 million a yr carrying it. So that they carry it at an awesome loss,” he stated.
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White Home financial adviser Larry Kudlow, showing on Fox Information Sunday, stated Greenland is “a strategic place” with “a variety of helpful minerals.”
Trump is anticipated to go to Denmark in September as a part of a visit to Europe.