President Trump looking into buying Greenland says economic adviser.
WASHINGTON – Yes, President Donald Trump is really considering purchasing Greenland.
“We’re looking at it,” top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.”
That’s despite the fact that Greenland’s government told President Donald Trump on Friday that the island was “not for sale.”
That comment came after the Wall Street Journal first reported on Thursday that Trump had floated the idea of buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.
It had been unclear, however, if Trump was joking or not, based on other reports. The Associated Press said Trump’s interest in Greenland was characterized by “varying degrees of seriousness.”
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democratic member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Sunday his panel should be briefed on the idea if it’s under serious consideration.
“That was a very interesting proposal that was thrown out,” Manchin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “If it has any merit to it, we’ll hear about it. I haven’t heard that. I’ve just heard basically what’s been reported on the news.”
Kudlow said Sunday said the issue is “developing.”
“I don’t want to predict an outcome,” Kudlow said. “I’m just saying: the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look at a Greenland purchase.”
He called Greenland a “strategic place up there” with a “lot of valuable minerals.”
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The U.S. reportedly proposed buying Greenland from Denmark in 1946 for $100 million, the AP and the Journal both reported. The U.S. had maintained weather stations and military facilities on the island during World War II.
The U.S. currently maintains a large military base – Thule Air Base – in Greenland. It is the U.S. military’s northernmost installation, as it is 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Kudlow called Denmark a U.S. ally.
But Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted Friday that while Greenland is open for business, “we’re not for sale.”
Contributing: Nicholas Wu