White Home aides have reportedly seemed into the potential of the US shopping for Greenland after President Donald Trump mooted the prospect on a number of events.
The Wall Road Journal (WSJ) on Thursday cited unnamed advisors as saying the US chief requested his employees to “look into the idea” of buying the world’s largest island.
The report stated Trump, who’s scheduled to make his first go to to Denmark early subsequent month, has repeatedly requested advisers whether or not the US may purchase the territory, three-quarters of which is roofed by a everlasting ice sheet.
There isn’t any indication that the acquisition can be on the agenda for his talks with Danish officers.
The WSJ stated Trump had spoken with various levels of seriousness of the thought. The sources stated he had expressed curiosity within the autonomous Danish territory’s sources and geopolitical significance.
The newspaper stated the president might search to strengthen Washington’s navy presence within the Arctic. Thule Air Base is at the moment the US’s northernmost set up.
The Related Press later cited an nameless Trump ally who admitted that the president had mentioned the thought however was not severe about it.
It wouldn’t be the primary time an American chief tried to purchase the island. In 1946, the US proposed to pay Denmark $100 million (€90 million) to purchase Greenland after flirting with the thought of swapping land in Alaska for strategic components of the Arctic island.
Mendacity between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, Greenland is usually self-ruled, although Denmark
stays in control of overseas affairs, protection and financial coverage.
The two-million sq. kilometer (772,000 square-mile) island is residence to simply 57,000 folks, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit neighborhood.
Greenland is affected by the consequences of local weather change, in line with scientists. Its three kilometers thick (1.9-mile) ice sheet is melting and threatens to submerge the world’s coastal areas sooner or later.
July noticed unprecedented melting of the ice sheet, with 12 billion tons of ice flowing into the ocean.