An Entire Country Just Ripped Trump For Attempting To Buy Greenland: ‘He Has Gone Mad!’
Danish lawmakers came forward on Friday to condemn Donald Trump’s attempt to purchase Greenland-an autonomous territory of Denmark.
“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad,” Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, told local broadcaster DR. “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”
“We are talking about real people and you can’t just sell Greenland like an old colonial power. But what we can take seriously is that the U.S. stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise.”
—Martin Lidegaard, Danish Social Liberal Party
The Wall Street Journal first reported Trump’s desire to purchase Greenland.
“Trump has repeatedly expressed interest—with varying degrees of seriousness—in buying Greenland, asking advisers whether it would be feasible and directing the White House counsel to look into it,” according to the Journal‘s Rebecca Ballhaus.
Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA), told Reuters on Friday that she is “sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long-term.”
Martin Lidegaard, senior lawmaker of the Danish Social Liberal Party, said Trump’s reported directive has the potential to be extremely dangerous.
“We are talking about real people and you can’t just sell Greenland like an old colonial power,” Lidegaard told Reuters. “But what we can take seriously is that the U.S. stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise, and they want a much bigger influence.”