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 (41)
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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'.