Trump Wants to Buy Greenland from Denmark

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President Trump wants to buy Greenland. His interest is because of its natural resources like coal and uranium.

The headline sounds like it's from "The Onion" but Trump seems serious.

The Walls Street Journal reports President Trump Eyes a New Real-Estate Purchase: Greenland.

In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea.

Some of his advisers have supported the concept, saying it was a good economic play, two of the people said, while others dismissed it as a fleeting fascination that will never come to fruition. It is also unclear how the U.S. would go about acquiring Greenland even if the effort were serious.

With a population of about 56,000, Greenland is a self-ruling part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and while its government decides on most domestic matters, foreign and security policy is handled by Copenhagen. Mr. Trump is scheduled to make his first visit to Denmark early next month, although the visit is unrelated, these people said.

The White House and State Department didn’t respond to a request for comment. Officials with Denmark’s Royal House and the Danish embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did officials with Greenland’s representative office in Washington and Greenland’s prime minister’s office.

Though it has vast natural resources across its 811,000 square miles, Greenland relies on $591 million of subsidies from Denmark annually, which make up about 60% of its annual budget, according to U.S. and Danish government statistics.

Greenland the 51st State

Hell, why buy it? Just invade the country. There will be no resistance.

Then declare it the 51st state.

And if anyone objects, offer Chicago as payment. If that's not enough, give Denmark all of Illinois.

Voilla, back to 50 states.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (43)
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stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

No way Denmark would want anything to do with Chicago, or Illinois.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I doubt this will take 1000 years. I would give it maybe 50. Denmark should sell now to anyone who wants to buy. Greenland is going be a much smaller island by the end of the century.

Mish
Mish

Editor

anyway - that was all a joke

Tengen
Tengen

Since this is Denmark we're talking about, can we take out one of those 10 year negative rate mortgages? Between the Fed creating money out of nothing and others lending to us at negative interest, we can't lose!

Maybe instead of buying we could trade territories with Denmark. Think they'd be interested in Puerto Rico? We could throw in Epstein's Little St James to sweeten the deal!

Je'Ri
Je'Ri

No way it will be 51st. First of all, I have it from good authority (Barack Obama) that there are already 57 states. Then there is that issue about Puerto Rican statehood, which is practically a certainty. And if we are going to invade Greenland, the easiest routes to get there are through resource-rich Canada, and those provinces make better candidates for statehood than Greenland. Just sayin'.

leicestersq
leicestersq

Seems to me Trump should be given credit here for proposing a consensual change of sovereignty. If everyone or a vast majority agree, and no one gets hurt, then that is so much better than war is it not?

Cupid_123
Cupid_123

Mish is secretly in love with Trump.

Why doesn't Mish just admit it?

Sechel
Sechel

Typical Trump. He probably woke up one morning thinking imagine if I bought Greenland. It would seal him as the greatest deal maker. Never mind the Island isn't for sale. It's highly doubtful that any real thought or discussion went into this. Trump probably doesn't even know that the island isn't nearly as large as it looks, hasn't considered that its not for sale. Probably doesn't even know that 88% of the Island is Inuit Greenland and they don't speak English.

A former casino executive who worked for Trump was on TV giving an interview and pretty much stated that zero thought went into his decision to buy an airline or casino either and the results speak for themselves.

Blurtman
Blurtman

So that's his plan. With global warming, it's the new Cancun.

thimk
thimk

good morning chuckle,

Matt3
Matt3

I like the idea of a swap of Greenland for Illinois. I'm originally from Illinois. Glad I escaped. Chicago could be the Amsterdam of North America. This is the type of out of the box thinking we need!

KidHorn
KidHorn

We purchased Alaska and 1/3rd of the middle of the US. Doesn't seem too far fetched.

I would require payment in gold.

gatorgr8
gatorgr8

Not too far fetched at all, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe the US bought the USVI's from Denmark for 24millon in GOLD. Would be a good buy (my opinion). Offer free immigration to the territory, if you agree to live there for three years min, you are automatically granted citizenship!

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

Hahahaha....wait this is a thing! Man you 'mericans are crazy!

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

If DJT insists on going down this road, can't he buy somewhere warm with good surfing?

Costa Rico?

abend237-04
abend237-04

There's nothing wrong with Illinois that couldn't be fixed by building a wall around Chicago.

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

And pay for it with "Trump Bux".

Bam_Man
Bam_Man

Or if the Danish are shrewd negotiators, a box full of beads and trinkets.

Liberaldisdain
Liberaldisdain

Carl_R
Carl_R

No reason to give them all of Illinois. Just let them take Chicago and the boonies. But, in a catch, make them restore the flow of the Chicago river to the original direction, or charge them a sewage fee for anything they send the other way.

DennisAOK
DennisAOK

The US actually tried to buy Greenland after the Second World War, when Denmark was in a weak economic position and the US was in a strong one, but the Danes said no.

Sechel
Sechel

“It must be an April Fool’s Day joke,” Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who was Denmark’s prime minister until June, wrote in a tweet on Friday in response to reports that Mr Trump had reportedly raised with his key advisers the prospect of buying the world’s biggest island.

JJ Johnson
JJ Johnson

Had we not let China get lithium mining rights in Afghanistan for our pharmaceutical companies getting cheap poppy for opioid production, could of traded lithium to Denmark for Greenland. :)

William Janes
William Janes

Hah. Trump having fun on a slow news day. Have to admire his creativity, no one has thought about buying or selling countries since the colonial era of European empires. The Chicago School of Economics should study the idea as the final stage of capitalism. What would Puerto Rico bring if venture capitalist incorporated it and brought it to financial markets as an emerging market country?

Christian dk
Christian dk

What would Trump pay with...? Fake fiat paper money, like they paid the "indians" with glass beeds and Wiskey ?? Denmark will only accept 1 tons of pure gold per national person living in Greenland, and that means physical 1 kg gold bars delivered and AUDITED by the chinese. So, 56.000 tons of pure gold... The FED is so desperate now, to expand the money supply that anything is possible.... Only fools would sell gold for paper dollars.... CHALLENGE Here in Denmark, we can get a mortage at -,65 % on a 10 year no principle payment. ?? WHAT will GOLD and SILVER be worth in 10 years time...?? talk about making money from nothing.....z.z.z.