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Trump ridiculed for "trying to buy" Greenland

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Trump ridiculed for 'trying to buy' Greenland

Trump ridiculed for "trying to buy" Greenland

Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Greenland is not for sale.

That's what Danish politicians told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday (August 16).

Following word - first reported by the Wall Street Journal - that Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers.

Various Danish politicians have described the notion as ''completely ridiculous'', ''a grotesque proposal'' and a poorly-timed April Fool's joke.

Although not up for grabs, Greenland's foreign minister said on Friday that the territory is 'open for business.'

Greenland is a self-ruling part of Denmark, with power over its own domestic affairs, while Copenhagen handles defense and foreign policy.

Global superpowers including China, Russia and the United States have become increasingly interested in it - thanks to its strategic location and mineral resources.

Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September, and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings.

But there has been no indication that a Greenland purchase will be too.




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