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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Danish Prime Minister calls discussion of Greenland sale "absurd"

The Danish Prime Minister responded to President Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland on Sunday, calling a sale of the island, which functions as an autonomous territory of Denmark, "absurd." 
According to Reuters, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the Danish broadcaster DR on Sunday that discussion of a sale would be an "absurd discussion."
Frederiksen was also asked about Trump's comments by a local newspaper.  

"Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland," she said while traveling with Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen to visit children from a Greenlandic orphanage, reported Greenlandic newspaper Sermitsiaq.
News that Trump had considered an attempt to buy Greenland had been met with a mix of derision and skepticism after the Wall Street Journal first reported on the issue last week. 
Trump confirmed his interest while speaking to reporters on Sunday. 
"We're looking at it," he said. "It's not No. 1 on the burner."
"Essentially, it's a large real estate deal. A lot of things could be done," he said. "First we have to find out whether or not they have any interest."
He added that Denmark is "carrying" Greenland "at a great loss." 
Greenland's government tweeted last Friday that the island was open for business but "not for sale."
The United States proposed buying Greenland from Denmark in 1946 for $100 million, the AP and the Journal reported. The United States maintained weather stations and military facilities on the island during World War II.   
The United States maintains a large military base – Thule Air Base – in Greenland. It is the U.S. military's northernmost installation, 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle. 

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