Amount of money US planned to spend on buying Greenland revealed

  • 19:14 21 August 2019

Amount of money US planned to spend on buying Greenland revealed

The Washington Post has quoted several unnamed sources as saying that US President Donald Trump has been talking about buying Greenland “for weeks”, and that he considered allocating substantial funds to the purchase, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

Earlier, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s interest in buying Greenland as an “absurd discussion", stressing that the that the island is “not for sale”.

Sources claimed that “senior administration officials had discussed the possibility of offering Denmark a deal in which the United States would take over its annual $600 million subsidy to Greenland in perpetuity.”

The claims come after Lene Balleby, head of communications at the Danish Royal House, said that Trump’s decision to postpone his official visit to Denmark, originally slated for September, came as “a surprise” to the royal family. Balleby did not elaborate on Trump’s reasoning behind the move.

With the Danish government yet to comment on the matter, former Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt tweeted that Trump’s move was “deeply insulting to the people of Greenland and Denmark.”