Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen responded to Donald Trump after the president tweeted out a photo of Trump Tower dwarfing a small village in Greenland.
Kielsen told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Trump’s idea of possibly trying to purchase the Danish territory “is not something to joke about.”
His comment came just a day after Trump set the internet on fire with a photo of a large, golden skyscraper photoshopped over a small village on the Greenland coast.
The president captioned the photo, “I promise not to do this to Greenland!”
Last week it was reported that Trump had discussed with his advisers the viability of purchasing the land mass, which has been subject to Denmark since 1814. In response, Greenland’s foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger said the island is “not for sale.”
Trump clarified Sunday that purchasing the island is an interesting concept but is not his top priority.
“Essentially it’s a large real estate deal,” Trump said. “A lot of things could be done. It’s hurting Denmark because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it. So they carry it at a great loss. And strategically, for the United States it would be nice.”
“Greenland, it got released somehow,” the president went on. “It’s 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 continued. “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.”
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