United States President considers purchase of Greenland

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Feature bringing together reports and analyses published in August 2019 on a suggested purchase of Greenland from Denmark by the United States of America.

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The President of the United States Donald Trump reportedly discussed in private circles on 16 August the idea of purchasing Greenland in a bid to expand the country's territory. The Danish government promptly declared that the island was not open for sale, while politicians in Denmark further ridiculed the idea of a possible acquisition by the US. It was also highlighted that the territory did not belong to Denmark, but rather to the Greenladers.

Mr Trump expressed interest in the autonomous territory due to its resources and geopolitical importance. It was not the first time an American President hinted at the possibility of buying the island, including a proposal in 1946 to pay Denmark around $100 million to buy Greenland.

The US President announced on 21 August the cancellation of a state visit to Denmark following the refusal by the Danish Prime Minister to discuss the idea. Mr Trump later labelled as 'nasty' the response given by the head of government to the potential purchase.

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Euronews, 16/08/2019: What's behind Donald Trump's desire to buy Greenland? https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/16/what-s-behind-donald-trump-s-desire-to-buy-greenland
The Economist, 16/08/2019: A polarising president: Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/08/16/a-polarising-president-donald-trump-wants-to-buy-greenland
Bloomberg, 16/08/2019: Trump Isn’t Crazy to Want to Buy Greenland https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-08-16/trump-isn-t-crazy-to-want-to-buy-greenland
Bloomberg, 16/08/2019: Can Trump Actually Buy Greenland? The Short Answer Is No https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-16/can-trump-buy-greenland-what-to-know-besides-no-quicktake
Foreign Policy, 16/08/2019: American Imperialists Have Always Dreamed of Greenland https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/16/american-imperialists-have-always-dreamed-of-greenland/
The Guardian, 17/08/2019: 'Friends, you're going to love Greenland. I was there on 9/11' https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/17/donald-trump-greenland-purchase-denmark
Deutsche Welle, 19/08/2019: Donald Trump's ice-cold Greenland calculus https://p.dw.com/p/3O9TS
The Guardian, 19/08/2019: Why does Donald Trump want to buy Greenland? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/19/why-does-donald-trump-want-to-buy-greenland
Euro|topics, August 2019: What's the real deal with Trump's Greenland proposal? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/225371/
The Guardian, 21/08/2019: Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/trump-wanting-to-buy-greenland-is-yet-another-sign-of-putins-puppetry
Euro|topics, August 2019: Greenland row: Trump cancels Copenhagen visit https://www.eurotopics.net/en/225624/
The Conversation, 22/08/2019: Greenland isn’t Denmark’s to sell: some essential reading for Trump on colonialism http://theconversation.com/greenland-isnt-denmarks-to-sell-some-essential-reading-for-trump-on-colonialism-122193
Politico, 23/08/2019: Sure, Trump Can Buy Greenland. But Why Does He Think It’s Up to Denmark? https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/23/donald-trump-greenland-purchase-sovereignty-denmark-227859

The Guardian, 16/08/2019: Donald Trump reportedly wants to purchase Greenland from Denmark https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/15/donald-trump-greenland-purchase-denmark
BBC News, 16/08/2019: Greenland: Trump warned that island cannot be bought from Denmark https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49367792
Deutsche Welle, 16/082019: Trump tells staff to consider buying Greenland: report https://p.dw.com/p/3NzDl
Reuters, 16/08/2019: Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1V60AI
Reuters, 18/08/2019: Danish PM says Trump's idea of selling Greenland to U.S. is absurd https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1V80M2
The Guardian, 18/08/2019: Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/trump-considering-buying-greenland
BBC News, 21/08/2019: Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland spat https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49416740
EurActiv, 21/08/2019: Trump cancels Denmark visit after PM refuses to sell Greenland to US https://www.euractiv.com/section/arctic-agenda/news/trump-cancels-denmark-visit-after-pm-refuses-to-sell-greenland-to-us/
The Guardian, 21/08/2019: Trump cancels Denmark trip after PM says Greenland is not for sale https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/20/trump-greenland-denmark-mette-frederiksen
The Local, 21/08/2019: Danes pour scorn on Trump after state visit postponement https://www.thelocal.com/20190821/denmark-greenland-danes-pour-scorn-on-trump-after-state-visit-postponement
BBC News, 21/08/2019: Greenland: Trump criticises 'nasty' Denmark over cancelled visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49423968
France24, 22/08/2019: Trump cancels state visit to Denmark trip after 'nasty' PM says Greenland not for sale https://www.france24.com/en/20190822-usa-greenland-donald-trump-denmark-prime-minister-Mette-Frederiksen
BBC News, 22/08/2019: Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49430537?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/europe&link_location=live-reporting-story
The Local, 22/08/2019: No war of words with Trump: Danish PM Frederiksen https://www.thelocal.com/20190822/no-war-of-words-with-trump-danish-pm-frederiksen

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