Donald Trump has been privately obsessed with the idea of buying Greenland from Denmark, according to a new report published Thursday.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the deliberations, who said Mr. Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.”
The Journal suggests that some of his advisers basically nod and smile whenever their boss brings up the idea, but others in the administration brush it off as a “fleeting fascination” that doesn’t have a chance in hell of happening.
More from the report:
In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance, and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea.
At a dinner with associates last spring, Mr. Trump recounted that someone had told him at a roundtable that Denmark was having financial trouble over its assistance to Greenland, and suggested that he should consider buying the island, according to one of the people.
“What do you guys think about that?” he asked the room, the person said. “Do you think it would work?”
The person described the question less as a serious inquiry and more as a joke meant to indicate “I’m so powerful I could buy a country,” noting that since Mr. Trump hadn’t floated the idea at a campaign rally yet, he probably isn’t seriously considering it. The person believed the president was interested in the idea because of the island’s natural resources and because it would give him a legacy akin to former President Dwight Eisenhower ’s admission of Alaska into the U.S. as a state.
Trump views the presidency like a third-grader
Time and again, we have seen that Donald Trump’s grasp of the presidency is similar to that of a third-grade student.
He loves extravagant military parades with big tanks, thinks a Space Force would be a cool idea and, now, believes he’s so powerful that he can go around the world buying whatever country he wants.
Of course, no one appears to be taking the idea seriously.
Greenland to the U.S., Alaska to Russia and Crimea to Denmark in a blockbuster three-team trade
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) August 15, 2019
Ultimately, Donald Trump can’t even negotiate inside of his own country – whether it’s repealing the Affordable Care Act with complete GOP control of Congress or securing a Mexican-funded wall on the southern border.
The idea that he’ll be able to buy Greenland just because he thinks it’s a cool idea is laughable.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.