It was recently floated in the press with seriousness, much to the great amusement of social media users, that President Donald Trump was toying with the idea of purchasing Greenland, a semi-autonomous island territory that is owned by the European nation of Denmark.
While many have dismissed the idea as a joke, and Danish officials insist it isn’t for sale, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested on Sunday that there may be some merit to the idea and confirmed that the president “wants to take a look at a Greenland purchase.”
“We’re looking at it”
The remarks from Kudlow came at the conclusion of an interview on Fox News Sunday with guest host Dana Perino, who jokingly asked if she could accompany Kudlow on a fact-finding mission to Greenland if he were to be dispatched on such an undertaking.
With a laugh, Kudlow replied, “Look, it’s an interesting story, it’s developing, we’re looking at it, we don’t know. Years ago [former President] Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland.
“Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally. Greenland is a strategic place, up there, and they got a lot of valuable minerals,” he continued.
He went on: “I don’t want to predict an outcome, I’m just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look at a Greenland purchase.”
Perino reiterated her joke to conclude the interview about wanting to accompany Kudlow on a “site survey” in Greenland, to which Kudlow jokingly replied, “I can make that happen.”
As Kudlow noted, Greenland is a strategically desirable territory that would prove beneficial to the United States both in terms of geopolitics and the economy, due in large part to its location between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and the continents of Europe and North America.
Greenland is also known to boast an abundance of natural resources, particularly what are known as rare earth minerals that are increasingly vital to new technologies.
Unfortunately, for those who may have been seriously looking forward to a purchase of Greenland by the Trump administration, the New York Post reported that Greenland’s Prime Minister Kim Kielson said: “Greenland is not for sale and cannot be sold, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries — including the United States.”
Other current and former Danish officials have likewise said that Greenland isn’t for sale and dismissed the notion of a purchase as nothing more than a joke.
That said, virtually everything has a price, and a certain wealthy real estate mogul who now resides in the White House, one with experience in purchasing prime real estate and making deals nobody else could, is arguably the only one who could somehow finagle a way to buy Greenland from Denmark and transform it into a productive and useful U.S. territory.