Larry Kudlow, Donald Trump's economic adviser, said on Sunday that the president is looking at a potentially buying Greenland & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I don't want to predict an outcome, & # 39; Kudlow said to Fox News on Sunday. & # 39; I'm just saying that the President, who knows a few things about buying property, wants to view a purchase in Greenland. & # 39;
Greenland, the largest island in the world, is a territory of Denmark and Kudlow said it is strategically located.
A new report reveals that Trump has the idea to buy the land, but Greenland Foreign Minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters that the land is open for business but not for sale.
& # 39; Look, it's an interesting story. It is evolving, looking at it, & Kudlow said.
He also argued for reasons why the move would be beneficial.
& # 39; We all know that Harry Truman wanted to buy Greenland years ago. Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally. Greenland is a strategic place above that. And they have many valuable minerals, & he concluded.
Larry Kudlow confirmed Sunday that Donald Trump is considering buying Greenland, a territory of Denmark, due to its strategic geographical location and valuable minerals
& # 39; I don't want to predict an outcome, & # 39; said Kudlow Sunday after the president considered buying the island. & # 39; I'm just saying that the president, who knows a few things about buying a property, wants to view a purchase in Greenland & # 39;
However, the government of Greenland rejected the idea that it was for sale
Several Danish politicians have rejected the idea that the US would buy Greenland.
& # 39; It must be a April Fool joke. Completely out of season, & former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen wrote on Twitter.
& # 39; If he is really considering this, this is the definitive proof that he has gone insane & # 39 ;, said Foreign Affairs spokesperson for the Danish People's Party, Soren Espersen, to broadcaster DR.
& # 39; The idea that Denmark is selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous & # 39 ;, he added.
The president will visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic, which plays a major role in American national security, is expected to be on the agenda when he meets the Danish prime minister.
Trump, who worked in the real estate sector before entering the White House, has repeatedly asked his advisers whether it would be possible for the US to buy Greenland for its resources and geopolitical significance, the Wall Street Journal reported.
& # 39; What do you think of that? & # 39; Trump asked advisors last spring. & # 39; Do you think it would work? & # 39;
Two sources confirmed the conversation with DailyMail.com. One said that while Trump was joking when he first asked, he was interested in a possible purchase.
Trump spoke to his advisers about the possibility of purchasing the world's largest island last spring, according to the Wall Street Journal, indicating that it would be a smart geopolitical move
The 811,000 square kilometer icy island in the Atlantic Ocean has around 56,000 inhabitants and is an autonomous Danish territory
The person said that that is not the reason why Trump is traveling to Denmark. He goes because he was invited.
It is not the first time that an American president has proposed buying the island, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean.
There were two failed attempts by the US to buy it: President Harry Truman tried to buy it for $ 100 million in 1946 and the State Department informed about it in 1867.
It is unclear how the US would buy it today, if the situation changed or how much the world's largest island would cost.
The icy terrain of 811,000 square kilometers in the Atlantic is home to around 56,000 people, and although technically located in North American waters, the self-governing country is culturally European.
It handles its own home affairs, but foreign affairs and security policy are handled by Copenhagen.
The US is not the only nation that keeps a close eye on the territory, where three-quarters of the country is covered with an ice sheet. Russia and China would also be interested due to the strategic location of the area and the mineral resources.
Trump told advisers that he got the idea after hearing that Denmark had financial problems because of the subsidies it pays to Greenland.
Trump is scheduled to make his first visit to Denmark early next month, although the visit seems to have nothing to do with any wish he has for the purchase of the Danish autonomous region
The island relies on $ 591 million in subsidies from Denmark annually, the Journal noted, accounting for around 60 percent of its annual budget.
The United States already has a strong presence in Greenland.
A 1951 defense treaty between Denmark and the US grants the US military virtually unlimited rights to the island where Thule Air Base is located. Sit on 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the base contains a radar station that is partly a missile warning system.
A White House adviser told the Journal that it was unclear how serious Trump was in his speculation, but noted that the president had not yet distributed the idea at a campaign meeting, he was probably not seriously considering it.
Others say it would appeal to the president to have an inheritance such as the admission of President Dwight Eisenhower of Alaska to the US as a state. Alaska was purchased from Russia by the United States in 1867.
And the natural resources of the island, spread over 811,000 square miles, can also be one of the most important attractions for a president.
A 2014 report from the Brookings Institute noted that the mineral and energy resources of Greenland – including iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, rare earth elements, uranium and oil – are becoming increasingly accessible due to the melting of ice sheets.
Trump will make his first visit to Denmark in early September, although it is reportedly unrelated. He will meet the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The Danes would make the final decision about the fate of Greenland.
It would not be the first purchase that America made from Denmark.
In 1917, Denmark sold the then Danish West Indian Islands to the US for $ 25 million, calling them the US Virgin Islands.
It is unclear how the US would buy the largest island in the world after two failed attempts in 1946 and 1867
Trump will meet Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in early September; the Danes would make the final decision about the fate of Greenland
The United States has a long history of acquiring territory since it was first established as an independent nation state.
One of the most important purchases was from Louisiana, who bought it from France in 1803 for $ 15 million, the equivalent of $ 193 million in 2005.
The Republic of Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845 and effectively earned 389,000 square miles of what was once under Mexican control.
Three years later, after the Mexican-American war, all current states of California, Nevada, and Utah, as well as parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, were ceded to the US by Mexico.
Mexico effectively lost about half of its national territory.
And in 1867 the United States bought Alaska, from Russia, for $ 7.2 million.
Further afield, American Samoa became an American territory under the 1899 Treaty of Berlin between Germany, Great Britain and the United States.
The islands are still under the administration of the US Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs alongside Guam, which has been under its control since the Spanish-American war of 1898 – for three years during the Second World War when Japan took over control.
Nowadays there are also a number of remote islands, areas of the United States, including the Midway Atoll, (1867), Palmyra Atoll (1898, with Hawaii), Wake Atoll (1899), Baker Island and Howland Island (1857), Jarvis Island (1858), Johnston Atoll (1858), Kingman Reef (1922) and Navassa Island (1857) .
A history of the territorial acquisitions of the United States
The United States has a long history of acquiring territory since it was first established as an independent nation state at the end of the American Revolution in 1783.
The United States became an independent nation after the American revolution in 1783
Here are some of the most important dates and purchases that the United States has made in the decades since it became an independent nation.
- 1803: Louisiana, 23.3 percent of the territory of the United States was purchased from France for $ 15 million
- 1818: Red River Valley was taken over free of charge as part of the statement of the Anglo-American convention establishing the border between the US and Canada
- 1819: Florida was purchased from Spain. No money has passed into other hands since the US had accepted $ 5 million in claims from its citizens against Spain
- 1845: The Republic of Texas broke away from Mexico and was annexed by the United States and brought 389,000 square miles into its territory
- 1846: The Oregon Treaty laid the border between Canada and the United States and saw the area, with the current states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming ceded from Great Britain
- 1848: Mexico lost half of its territory after the Mexican-American war because it lost the country that forms the current states of California, Nevada and Utah, as well as the parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
- 1853: The Gadsden purchase gave the United States the ownership of the Mesilla Valley south of the Gila River, which today forms land in the US states of Arizona and New Mexico
- 1867: Alaska was purchased from Russia for $ 7.2 million
- 1898: Guam became an American territory under the Paris Treaty of 1898 and remains under American administration today. The Philippines was also purchased from Spain this year for $ 20 million and eventually gained full independence in 1946
- 1899: American Samoa was taken over under the 1899 Treaty of Berlin and is today under US administration
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