Trump infuriated many Danes three years ago when he proposed buying Greenland. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at the time: “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenland.” This led to a small rift with Trump, who decided to cancel a visit to Denmark.
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According to the American newspaper, the book The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 shows that the former president wanted to buy Greenland on the advice of his college friend and billionaire Ronald Lauder, President of Estée Lauder. Trump is said to have told his national security adviser, after which a team was formed to seriously investigate the deal: “My dear friend, a really experienced businessman, believes we can have Greenland.”
Many insiders say there was a lot of astonishment at the top of the administration about Trump’s plan. One accused Trump of being “delusional” and advisers tried not to leak the idea because they feared a diplomatic row.
Greenland is home to about 57,000 people, and is an independent part of the Danish kingdom. It is remote but rich in natural resources and is of strategic importance due to the opening of sea routes due to melting ice.
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