President Donald Trump talked about the strategic convenience of buying Greenland, the world’s largest island, and geographically considered part of the North American continent.
According to a Wall Street Journal, the president mentioned several times his interest in buying this territory given its “abundant resources and geopolitical importance.” The information mentioned by the media was provided by anonymous sources in the White House.
For his part, Luke Coffey of the Heritage Foundation, quoted by VOA, noted that Greenland’s location is absolutely vital to the defense of North America and he also highlighted that the Trump administration should increase its focus on relations with the island.
This is not the first time the nation has taken an interest in the island. For his part, President Harry Truman, in 1946, tried to buy it by offering $100 million, but the transaction did not take place.
Previously, William Henry Seward, secretary of state to President Abraham Lincoln, proposed the purchase of Greenland and Iceland when he was negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia in the 1860s.
At present, the U.S. Army has an air base on the vast island, where about 600 people attend part of the nation’s global radar system.
In another 1917 negotiation with the Danish government, the U.S. acquired the Virgin Islands, formerly called Danish West Indies, in the Caribbean, according to a State Department report.
In response to media allusions to the issue, Greenland government officials noted that they have a good cooperation with the United States and would be interested in investments in the territory, but “Greenland is not for sale,” according to Fox News.