President Donald Trump said on Sunday that purchasing Greenland would be a “strategically” interesting move, following reports last week that the administration showed interest in it, The Hill reported.
Upon leaving his Bedminster, N.J. golf club, the President confirmed that the administration has indeed discussed the purchase of Greenland from Denmark.
“Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world,” he said.
“Strategically, it’s interesting, and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner,” Trump added.
Trump has reportedly mulled attempting to buy the largest island in the world that is home to more than 50,000 people from Denmark, though no official inquiries have been made yet.
Trump compared buying the territory from Denmark to a “large real estate deal.”
“A lot of things could be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly 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. And we’re a big ally of Denmark, and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark,” he said.
The Foreign Minister of Greenland, Ane Lone Bagger, said that the territory is not for sale, but open for business.
The United States does currently have an airbase on the island.