Report Trump is eyeing the purchase of Greenland becomes all the rage

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Greenland is apparently not for sale.

Officials in Denmark and the world’s largest island sent President Donald Trump a clear message Friday after reports that he had been asking about buying the Dutch territory.

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With a population of about 56,000 people, the Arctic island is not for sale, but a report in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday indicated that the president “has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.”

The report went on to say:

“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.”

Danish politicians seemed as surprised as many others at the news which sent the left over the edge.

“We are open for business, but we’re not for sale,” Ane Lone Bagger, Greenland’s foreign minister, said, according to Reuters.

A former U.S. ambassador called the news a “catastrophe.”

“Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe,” former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, tweeted.

“I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term,” Danish MP Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, told Reuters.

“My immediate thought is ‘No, thank you,’ ” she added.

It’s not the first time Greenland has turned down offers as it refused to be bought by President Harry Truman’s administration in 1946 which offered $100 million in gold.

Former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen thought the Wall Street Journal report must be a joke.

“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” Soren Espersen, spokesman for the conservative Danish People’s Party – the third-largest party in the country – said. “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”

Trump is scheduled to meet with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland when he makes a visit to  Copenhagen in September, according to Reuters.

The report on the possibility of his buying Greenland set off anti-Trump liberals ready for something else to hold against the president.

CNN’s Don Lemon wondered if Trump was “serious” about buying the island.

But, it may not be such a wild idea after all. President Truman also contemplated the purchase of Greenland as a strategic move, according to the Post.

Some Twitter users saw the humor in it all.

And others thought it might not be such a bad idea.

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