Report: Trump Eyes US Acquiring Greenland


President Donald Trump has reportedly floated on multiple occasions the idea of the United States acquiring the world’s largest island, Greenland.

Greenland — with a landmass of approximately 836,000 square miles — is an autonomous territory of Denmark located to the east of Canada, between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

“In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Greenland has a population of about 56,000.

As noted by The New Yorker, the vast majority of people are Inuit natives (close to 90 percent), with nearly a third of the people — 17,000 — living in the capital of Nuuk on the southwest coast of the island.

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The second largest town of Sisimiut, located 200 miles up the coast to the north, has a population of around 6,000.

The U.S. maintains Thule Air Base in Greenland, which is located 750 miles above the Arctic Circle.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the base includes a radar station that is part of the U.S. ballistic early warning system.

The facility is also used by U.S. Air Force Space Command.

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One possible motivator for acquiring Greenland is China’s interest in it.

The Trump administration worked successfully to block Beijing from financing three airports in the Danish territory last year, The Journal reported.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was slated to visit Greenland in May, but postponed the trip due to rising tensions with Iran during that time period.

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“We look forward to rescheduling the Secretary’s visit at a time convenient for Greenland, Denmark, and the United States,” the State Department said in a news release at the time.

“Secretary Pompeo is pleased to announce that the United States intends, after six decades, to reestablish a permanent Department of State presence in Greenland, and we will work together with Congress and Denmark to make this happen as soon as possible.”

Copenhagen subsidizes $591 million to Greeland annually, which makes up about 60 percent of the country’s annual budget.

Trump is scheduled to travel to Denmark in early September, but the trip is unrelated to a possible acquisition of Greenland.

The Associated Press reported the United States sought to buy Greenland following World War II in 1946 for $100 million in gold ($1.3 billion in today’s dollars).

Though Denmark, a NATO ally, turned the offer down, it did sign a defense treaty in 1951 allowing the U.S. to construct Thule Air Base and other facilities.

The United States also looked at buying Greenland and Iceland in 1867, the same year it purchased Alaska from Russia.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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