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Greenland, Denmark Respond to Report That Trump Wants to Buy Greenland: Not for Sale

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President Donald Trump reportedly wants to buy Greenland, but it turns out it’s not for sale.

Two Trump advisers told The Wall Street Journal that Trump asked them and others in passing conversations if it would be possible to purchase Greenland, which is an autonomous country of the kingdom of Denmark with a population of 56,000 people.

The island is also home to Thule Air Base, a US military base built in 1951.

"What do you guys think about that?" Trump asked the room at a recent dinner "Do you think it would work?"

Some of Trump adviser’s explained the resources the island has and its geopolitical importance, according to the report. Some advisers were even supportive of the move, saying it could be a good economic move.

The Wall Street Journal reported it was “unclear” how the US would go about acquiring Greenland.

No deal:

"They tried to buy us in 1867, during Second World War, and now they are trying again," Greenland resident Bent Abeelsen told CNN. "Not gonna happen."

"Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism. We're open for business, not for sale," the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

"Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries, including the USA," said Greenland Prime Minister Kim Kielsen.

Danish officials were far more dismissive.

"If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad," said Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party. "The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous."