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  World   Americas  16 Aug 2019  Fantasy or strategy? Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland from Denmark

Fantasy or strategy? Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland from Denmark

AFP
Published : Aug 16, 2019, 11:02 am IST
Updated : Aug 16, 2019, 11:02 am IST

The President has been curious about the territory's natural resources and geopolitical relevance, the paper reported.

There was no official comment from the White House, and the Danish embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment. (Photo: File)
 There was no official comment from the White House, and the Danish embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment. (Photo: File)

Washington: US President Donald Trump hasn't forgotten his old job — the world's most-famous real estate developer said he wants the US to acquire the world's biggest island, according to a report.

Trump has expressed interest in the mostly ice-covered landmass located northeast of Canada, asking advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire Greenland, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

The President has been curious about the territory's natural resources and geopolitical relevance, the paper reported.

Greenland is a self-governing region of Denmark, which colonized the 772,000 square-mile (two-million square kilometre) island in the 18th century, and is home to nearly 57,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit community.

There was no official comment from the White House, and the Danish embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

Some Trump advisors say acquiring Greenland could be good for the US, while others called it only a "fleeting fascination" from the President, The Wall Street Journal said.

Others outside the White House said Trump's interest could be a desire to secure a legacy achievement, the paper reported, and advisors wondered about the potential for research or greater military clout for the US.

The US's northern-most military base, Thule Air Base, has been located on Greenland for decades.

But Greenland doesn't quite live up to its lush name -- 85 per cent of the island is covered by a 1.9-mile-thick (three-kilometre) ice sheet that contains 10 per cent of the world's fresh water.

The world's largest island has suffered from climate change, scientists said, becoming a giant melting icicle that threatens to submerge the world's coastal areas one day.

July saw unprecedented melting of the Greenland ice sheet, with 12 billion tonnes of ice flowing into the sea.

Trump, who in 2017 withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement to cap global warming levels, is reportedly set to visit Copenhagen in September.

This isn't the first time the real-estate-developer-turned-president has expressed interest in foreign properties — he has said North Korea's "great beaches" would make ideal locations for condos.

Tags: donald trump, greenland, denmark, white house
Location: United States, District of Columbia