According to a new article by the Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump has an obsession with Greenland.
Greenland is located near the North Pole and is between North America and Europe. Reportedly, Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to purchase Greenland for the United States.
Many believe that Trump’s obsession with Greenland can be directly linked to his desire to cement his legacy as president much like Eisenhower did by ratifying Alaska as a state.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump has repeatedly brought up his desire to purchase Greenland, which is a self-ruling country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Trump has discussed purchasing Greenland with numerous advisors.
WSJ shared that “at a dinner with associates last spring, Mr. Trump recounted that someone had told him at a roundtable that Denmark was having financial trouble over its assistance to Greenland, and suggested that he should consider buying the island, according to one of the people.”
“What do you guys think about that?” he asked the room, the person said. “Do you think it would work?”
The person described the question less as a serious inquiry and more as a joke meant to indicate “I’m so powerful I could buy a country,” noting that since Mr. Trump hadn’t floated the idea at a campaign rally yet, he probably isn’t seriously considering it.
Two of Trump’s trusted advisors told WSJ that Trump has asked his White House counsel to look into acquiring the island,
Denmark is home to a population of 56,000 and has vast natural resources. Denmark is packed with natural beauty and is no doubt quite happy being untouched by the Trump family.
Some of Trump’s aides say that they are uncertain if Trump is serious about trying to purchase Greenland while other aids are said to be encouraging Trump to move forward with his plan. There are some “current and former” White House advisors who have mentioned Trump’s plan to purchase Greenland and they described it with a mix of anticipation and apprehension.”
WSJ reports that “in meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance, and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea.”
As crazy as Trump’s plan may sound he is not the first president to have designs on Greenland. In 1946, Harry Truman attempted to buy the island from Demark for $100 million.