Greenlanders Aren't Happy With Trump's Interest in Their Island



Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says "Greenland is not for sale" in response President Trump's idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish island. She also suggested that it's "an absurd discussion," and that she hoped "that this is not meant seriously."


So, why are we even discussing something this irrational? Two theories:

1. Someone in the administration leaked it to reduce coverage of this week's bad economic news, or

2. Someone in the administration who is a bit worried about the President's grasp on reality, leaked the story as a plea for help.


In either case, the folks in Greenland and those that care about the world's largest island aren't pleased.


Former US Ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, called the prospect of US ownership "a complete and total catastrophe."


Gifford, Twitter: Greenland "is remarkably pristine and complex. A place unlike any other corner of the planet. It simply must be handled with immense care and the best intentions for the people there and the global climate," he wrote. "If anyone believes Trump has either in mind, please reconsider your reality."


Greenlanders and Danes seem to agree.


NBC: "You cannot be serious! We are not something you can just buy. Keep away from our country," said Greenlander Allan Schroder in a series of angry tweets.


Emil Malta captured the sentiment simply, "Oh please God no."

The Independent, UK: "If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad," foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR.


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