Trump reveals why he is considering buying the largest island[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/8/19 8:13 • 187 times read[/rtl]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump on Sunday revealed why he was considering buying Greenland from Denmark in an unpopular endeavor from the European ally.
Trump, in a press statement in New Jersey, said he had considered buying Greenland, the largest island in the world, because it is a huge real estate deal, for him "and there is a lot to do."
"The purchase of the island is one of the things we talked about. Denmark owns it. We and Denmark are close allies," he said. "We protect Denmark as well as other large areas of the world."
"As such, the idea came, and I thought it was strategically important," Trump said. "We'll talk to them about it, but the idea is not at the forefront."
Trump pointed out that Denmark bears a huge burden because of this island, because the European country "lose" nearly 700 million dollars, due to sovereignty over Greenland.
On Sunday, Denmark's prime minister said Greenland was not for sale and the idea of selling it to the United States was ridiculous.
The firm response came after the US president's economic adviser confirmed that the United States was interested in buying the world's largest island.
"Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to its citizens. I have a strong hope that it will not be taken seriously," Prime Minister Matte Frederiksen told the Sermtiak newspaper during a visit to Greenland.
A 1951 defense pact between Denmark and the United States gives the US military rights at Thuwal air base in northern Greenland.
Greenland is located between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean and depends on the Danish economy.
The island authorities are concerned with their domestic affairs, while Copenhagen is responsible for defense and foreign policy