During his presidency, Donald Trump wanted to make a trade with Denmark: Puerto Rico for Greenland

FILE PHOTO: Snow-capped mountains tower over the port and town of Tasiilaq in Greenland (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) (Lucas Jackson/)

Former US President, donald trumpsuggested during his tenure to his advisers that The United States could give Puerto Rico to Denmark in exchange for Greenlanda new book reveals.

The journalist from New York Times peter baker and the magazine journalist The New Yorker Susan Glasser They told in the book The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, that the former president’s plan to buy Greenland arose from ronald laudera businessman who owns a cosmetics empire, who had known Trump since college.

Baker wrote in an article Wednesday in the NYT that Lauder talked to Trump about his idea of ​​buying Greenland from the earliest days of his presidency, even offering to serve as a back channel for negotiations with Denmark, which owns Greenland.

Politically, Greenland belongs to Denmark, although it is an autonomous territory that since 2009 manages all the powers except foreign policy, defense and monetary policy. The United States occupied Greenland in 1941 to prevent a possible Nazi invasion of the island after the Germans occupied Denmark, a situation that lasted until the end of the war in 1945.

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Trump pushed to acquire the island by suggesting that the US withdraw federal money from Puerto Rico to buy Greenland or exchange the two islands.

Trump’s interest in this territory was already known.

In 2019, it was reported that Trump had asked his advisers in the White House to find out if it was possible to buy Greenland from Denmark.. He brought up the issue several times during meetings and dinners.

Washington Post He pointed out at that time that the White House had already discussed the legality of the hypothetical purchase, the process to incorporate a territory with its own government and also where the money for the acquisition would come from.

Chain CNNfor his part, noted that Trump had asked White House counsel Pat Cipollone to look into the possibility.

Donald Trump in Puerto Rico after the hurricane
Donald Trump in Puerto Rico after the hurricane

“We have a good cooperation with the United States, and we see this as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and in the possibilities that we offer. Of course, Greenland is not for sale.. Due to the unofficial nature of the news, the Greenlandic government has no further comment to make,” local Greenlandic authorities said in a statement released after the rumours.

Along the same lines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this monumental island of 2.1 million square kilometers —most of it ice— and just over 55,000 inhabitants. “Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish reserves, shellfish, renewable energy, and is a new frontier for adventure tourism. We are open for business, but not for sale”, he maintained on his Twitter account.

In 1951, the United States built the strategic Thule Air Base in Greenland, which became especially important during the Cold War. Trump would not be the first American president to try to buy Greenland, since, according to the postHarry Truman (1945-1953) offered Denmark $100 million for the island after World War II.

Trump said in an interview for the book that the idea to buy Greenland was his: “I love maps. And I always said, ‘Look at the size of this. It’s huge. That should be part of the United States.’”

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