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Trump wants U.S. to buy Greenland, island says it is ‘not for sale’

U.S. President Donald Trump. / File

U.S. President Donald Trump. / File   | Photo Credit: AP

This is not the first time an American leader has showed interest in buying the world’s largest island.

Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.

A Trump ally told on Thursday that the Republican president had discussed the purchase but was not serious about it. Also, a Republican congressional aide said Mr. Trump brought up the notion of buying Greenland in conversations with lawmakers enough times to make them wonder, but they have not taken his comments seriously. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

However, Greenland has said it’s not on the market.

“We have a good cooperation with USA, and we see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer,” the Greenland government said on its website. “Of course, Greenland is not for sale.”

This wouldn’t be the first time an American leader tried to buy the world’s largest island, an autonomous territory of Denmark.

In 1946, the U.S. proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.

Neither the White House nor Denmark commented on Thursday. Mr. Trump is set to visit Denmark next month.

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