NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (DPA / EP) –
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has rejected Sunday the possibility of selling Greenland to the United States after several senior Washington officials confirmed President Donald Trump's interest in this Arctic territory.
“Greenland is not Danish. Goenlandia is Greenlandic. I hope it is not serious,” Frederiksen said in statements to the press in response to questions about U.S. interest in the island, according to the Danish newspaper 'Sermitsiaq'.
“It is an absurd discussion and (the Greenlandic Prime Minister), Kim Kielsen, has evidently made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. Final point,” he added in statements to Danish public television, DR. “On the other hand, there are many other issues that we would like to address with the US president,” he said.
The White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, has confirmed on Sunday that Trump has asked for opinions on the possibility of buying Greenland, an autonomous country under a certain degree of management by the Government of Denmark, despite the fact that the Greenlandic authorities have indicated That the territory is not for sale.
“We just say that the president, who knows a couple of things about land,” Kudlow explained in reference to Trump's real estate past, “wants to take a look at this possible purchase.”
As reported on Thursday 'The Wall Street Journal', Trump has long slipped this idea to his advisors to know the feasibility of this project, and has asked his lawyer to investigate this issue. According to the newspaper, the advisors are confused and divided on this issue, which some praised as a “solid economic strategy” and others as a “passing fantasy.”
The Greenland Government issued a brief statement responding that the territory “is not for sale”, while other Danish politicians declared themselves so surprised by the information they believed to be “innocent,” as the former Twitter account said Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
Kudlow, meanwhile, has clarified that “Denmark is an ally that owns Greenland,” a territory he described as “a strategic place with ample natural resources.” It has its history. We are seeing things. I don't know, “he added in statements to Fox News.
The United States already contemplated the purchase of Greenland last century, but its offer was rejected by Denmark, responsible for foreign affairs, monetary policy and defense of the territory, located between the Arctic and the North Atlantic.