President Donald Trump has made a joke about a photo of Greenland doctored to include a Trump Tower built on a village on the Arctic island.
“I promise not to do this to Greenland!” President Trump tweeted on Monday evening, Aug. 19, attaching the fake photo that would be probably thought a real picture by anti-Trump media.
The picture features a high-rise building with Trump name looming over a village with small houses surrounding on Greenland.
I promise not to do this to Greenland! pic.twitter.com/03DdyVU6HA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Reports have emerged recently that President Trump is mulling over the possibility of acquiring Denmark’s Greenland, and some left media tried to mislead that the president, a former real-estate developer, would make a private deal to take over the island for himself.
But answering a question by a reporter on Sunday, Aug. 18, President Trump said the idea of buying Greenland just popped up during talks within his administration, and the purchase may be strategically nice for the United States.
“Well, Greenland, I don’t know—it got released somehow. It’s just something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world,” he said. “So the concept came up and I said, ‘Certainly, I’d be. Strategically, it’s interesting, and we’d be interested.’ But we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner.”
President Trump likened Greenland to “a large real estate deal” and “strategically, for the United States, it would be nice.”
Denmark is losing almost $700 million a year for Greenland, President Trump said, adding, “We’re a big ally of Denmark, and we help Denmark and we protect Denmark, and we will.”
When asked how much Greenland is worth, President Trump said, “We haven’t gotten there yet. First, we have to find out whether or not they have any interest.”
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Aug. 18 said, “Greenland is not for sale.” She continued that jokes aside, they “would naturally love to have an even closer strategic relationship with the U.S.”
Greenland is the world’s largest island with a population of roughly 56,000 people. Foreign and security policy on the mostly self-governing island is handled by Copenhagen.