Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

Trump news: US President ‘plans to buy’ world’s largest island in Europe – Greenland | World | News

The US President reportedly enquired with his advisers over the logistics of how they would go about doing so in passing conversations. The Wall Street Journal reports that questions over how such a move would be made possible were asked by Trump, who has repeatedly asked members of his administration about the topic. Reports say that during meetings Trump listened with intent on the discussions.

Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, has an abundance of riches as well as geopolitical power.

The concept has been backed by some close to Trump, however others claim it was just a fleeting idea sparked by the businessman-turned-politician.

At present, it is unclear how such a purchase could be made by the US.

At a meeting, Trump allegedly asked the room: “What do you guys think about that?”

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“Do you think it would work?”

Some of Trump’s administration have supported the concept while other have dismissed it as “fleeting fascination”, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Trump’s plans come as he is set to visit Denmark early next month which is unrelated to the plans to purchase.

The White House and State Department haven’t responded to a request for comment to the Wall Street Journal’s report.

US officials view Greenland as important to American national-security interests.

A defence treaty between the countries allowed the US military unlimited rights in Greenland at America’s northernmost base, Thule Air Base.

Located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it includes a radar station that is part of a US ballistic missile early warning system.

People outside the White House have described purchasing Greenland as an Alaska-type acquisition for Trump’s legacy.

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