- President Donald Trump is interested in buying Greenland, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
- Greenland is an autonomous territory that is overseen by the country of Denmark.
- Those in Denmark reacted strongly to the president’s remarks, with the island’s government saying in a Friday statement "of course, Greenland is not for sale."
- Twitter users were quick to offer their take on the president’s latest idea.
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In an honestly not surprising at all twist, President Donald Trump has apparently expressed interest in purchasing the country of Greenland, the world’s biggest island, according to a report released yesterday from The Wall Street Journal.
Sources told the Journal that the president has "repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans" with "varying degrees of seriousness."
The president raised the question of buying the island during meetings, dinners, and passing conversations, people familiar with the matter told The Journal. Two sources said that while some of his advisers supported the idea as a beneficial economic strategy, others dismissed it as a "fleeting fascination that will never come to fruition."
In a Friday statement, the island’s government made clear that "of course, Greenland is not for sale." On Twitter, Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs added "we’re open for business, not for sale."
Greenland, an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, has a population of around 56,000. While the island’s government has authority over local matters, Denmark handles issues related to foreign policy.
Those in Denmark had mixed reactions to Trump’s idea, according to The Washington Post. "The whole idea that another country could buy Greenland — like it should be a colony — is so strange to us," noted Michael Aastrup Jensen, a member of the Danish parliament with the center-right Venstre party.
"The Greenlandic people have their own rights," added Martin Lidegaard, the chairman of the Danish parliament’s foreign policy committee and former foreign minister. "I hope it is a joke — to not just buy a country but also its people."
Similar reactions abounded on Twitter. "Oh dear lord," wrote Rufus Gifford, former US ambassador to Denmark. "As someone who loves Greenland, has been there 9 times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe."
"It must be an April Fool’s Day joke … but totally out of season!" wrote former Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
Back in the US, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wrote "before we buy Greenland we should take care of Puerto Rico."
It wasn’t just politicians, however, that expressed strong reactions to Trump’s proposal. Various people on Twitter were quick to provide their take on the debacle:
Trump is making a state visit to Copenhagen in early September, to meet with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland.
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