President Donald Trump is considering the possibility of acquiring Denmark’s Greenland for the United States.
The Associated Press, citing a White House adviser, confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 15, that President Trump had discussed with his aides the purchase.
The confirmation comes after The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Thursday that two advisers said President Trump had asked advisers if such a move would be possible and asked the White House counsel to look into the idea.
The sources said some of his advisers favored the idea, saying it could be a good economic play, but some others dismissed it as just a fascination.
This is not the first time a U.S. president raises the possibility of buying Greenland. In 1946, the United States proposed to pay $100 million to Denmark to buy its autonomous territory after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.
Greenland is the world’s largest island with population of roughly 56,000 people. Foreign and security policy on the mostly self-governing island is handled by Copenhagen.