“This is the final proof, that he has gone mad”: Trump’s idea of buying Greenland outraged Denmark
Danish politicians were shocked to hear that the US President is talking about purchasing Greenland.
US President Donald Trump is dreaming of purchasing Greenland, the world’s biggest island and an autonomous Danish territory, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Danish politicians had a lot of things to day on the subject, all amounting to one fact – Greenland is not for sale.
"We are open for business, but we're not for sale," Greenland's foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters.
Former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen considered it a bad joke.
It must be an April Fool’s Day joke ... but totally out of sesson! https://t.co/ev5DDVZc5f— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) 15 августа 2019 г.
While Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Experson told broadcaster DR that “if he is truly contemplating this, then this is the final proof, that he has gone mad.”
"The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous," he stressed.
Danish MP from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit, Aja Chemnitz Larsen told Reuters, that she is certain most of the people in Greenland think that it’s better to be with Denmark than the United States in the long run. "My immediate thought is 'No, thank you'," she said.
Notably, Danish politicians were not the only ones horrified by the idea. Former US ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford wrote on Twitter: "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.”