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OpinionThe Trump Administration Is Taking His Greenland Fantasy Somewhat Seriously

17:25  21 august  2019
17:25  21 august  2019 Source:   nymag.com

Trump has asked aides about possibility of US acquiring Greenland: report

Trump has asked aides about possibility of US acquiring Greenland: report President Trump has privately asked aides about the possibility of purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. © Getty Images Trump has asked aides about possibility of US acquiring Greenland: report Two advisers told the Journal that Trump asked them and other advisers at dinners and in passing conversations whether such a move would be possible, listening intently when they talked about its resources and geopolitical importance. He also reportedly asked his White House counsel to look into the idea.

President says bid would be ‘essentially a real estate deal’ but Danish semi-autonomous territory has said it is not for sale.

Trump said on Sunday that the idea of buying Greenland has been discussed within his administration because of the strategic benefits for the U.S. and suggested that the semi-autonomous territory is a financial burden to Denmark.

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The Trump Administration Is Taking His Greenland Fantasy Somewhat Seriously© MAGNUS KRISTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images MAGNUS KRISTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images

The president’s impromptu plan to buy Greenland reported on last week appeared to be one of those ideas — like substantive health-care reform or bombing Iran — that he lobs out one moment and forgets about the next. Already the scheme seemed like a joke — Greenland is an autonomous country within the kingdom of Denmark — and Danish politicians treated it as such, calling it “an absurd discussion” and “completely ridiculous.”

Trump says buying Greenland is not his top priority

Trump says buying Greenland is not his top priority President Trump called the possibility of buying Greenland a "large real estate deal" but added that it is not his number one priority. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc."Essentially it’s a large real estate deal," Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Sunday. "A lot of things could be done. It’s hurting Denmark because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it. So they carry it at a great loss. And strategically, for the United States it would be nice. "Greenland, it got released somehow. It’s something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it.

But Mr. Trump also claimed that discussing a potential purchase of Greenland , a semiautonomous territory reliant on Danish support, was not the purpose of his I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously .” The Twitter cancellation appeared to take Mr. Trump ’s own administration by surprise.

President Trump on Tuesday abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, saying there was no point to the trip after Frederiksen called Trump had been expected to visit Denmark on Sept. 2-3 as part of his trip to Europe, but until his tweets Tuesday, there were no

Trump himself provided further evidence for the argument that the scheme wasn’t all too serious when he tweeted a picture of his Las Vegas hotel slapped in the middle of a pastoral fishing village, promising “not to do this to Greenland.” But the decision to postpone a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen following the ridicule made it seem as if this were not one of the president’s fleeting ideas. Or, that he’s still getting used to not getting what he wants.

A report from the Washington Post on Tuesday suggests that the Trump administration was also considering the Greenland plan in a somewhat serious fashion, committed enough to develop a rough outline for how the exchange of the world’s biggest island would go down. The Post states that:

Greenland's leader rips Trump: Idea of buying territory 'not something to joke about'

Greenland's leader rips Trump: Idea of buying territory 'not something to joke about' Greenland's premier on Tuesday denounced President Trump after he shared an edited picture depicting a Trump Tower on the semi-autonomous Danish territory. 

In the Trump era, no moment of tranquility can be taken for granted. If Trump ’s Greenland move was indeed inspired by his screen time, it would be consistent with his pattern. His claim that women are being smuggled across the southern border with “duct tape on their faces” had no basis in reality

The Republican candidate took his case to a shale-industry gathering, and found a welcoming crowd.

People familiar with the president’s interest in Greenland said he had been talking about the potential purchase for weeks. Senior administration officials had discussed the possibility of offering Denmark a deal in which the United States would take over its annual $600 million subsidy to Greenland in perpetuity, said two people familiar with the talks who were not authorized to reveal the internal deliberations.

They also discussed giving Denmark a large one-time payment as well to incentivize the transfer, the people said.

Trump’s focus on Greenland appear to be a misbegotten version of the United States’ very real geopolitical need to focus on the Arctic as its waters open up and Russia and China rush to expand their influence in the region. One U.S. official involved in Arctic issues who spoke with the Post said he was surprised by Trump’s interest in Greenland, considering that Alaska — a vast state already incorporated into the union — has been trying “to get the Pentagon to spend more money on operations in the Alaskan Arctic, and that they likely would be concerned that a Greenland deal could jeopardize that.”

Trump postpones meeting with Denmark's leader over Greenland comments

Trump postpones meeting with Denmark's leader over Greenland comments President Trump on Tuesday announced he was postponing a planned meeting with the prime minister of Denmark after she shot down his talk of possibly purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. © Getty Images Trump postpones meeting with Denmark's leader over Greenland comments "Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time," Trump tweeted.

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Since President Trump ’s inauguration, White House staffers and cabinet officials have left in firings Nine of these positions had turned over at least once during the Trump administration , compared with He named Mark T. Esper, the secretary of the Army, to take over as acting secretary of defense.

Discussing the move on Sunday, Trump referred to that moonshot of the U.S. buying Greenland as “essentially, it’s a large real estate deal.” But the developer-in-chief, never one for foreign affairs, doesn’t appear to realize that the days in which the United States could strip autonomy from an island expired some time shortly after his birth — even if the trappings of colonialism are still lying around the Trump family closet.

Tom Cotton: The U.S. should buy Greenland.
“Greenland is rich in a wide array of mineral deposits, including rare-earth minerals," he writes.

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