At least two previous adminstrations have also eyed the USA acquiring the self-ruled Danish territory. Trump asked his advisers numerous times throughout various meetings and dinners whether or not the USA would be able to acquire Greenland, citing its geopolitical value, according to WSJ.
Greenland is the largest island in the world (after Australia, which is defined as a continent in its own right).
WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.
US President Donald Trump adjusts his suit coat as he speaks to reporters before he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey US August 15, 2019.
In 1946, then-President Harry Truman put in an unsuccessful $100 million offer for the territory.
Trump made the remark as a group of protesters from the rally were being escorted out of the venue, and he assumed Jenkins-in a Trump 2020 T-shirt-was one of the demonstrators. The Pentagon built its northern-most military installation, Thule Air Base, on Greenland in 1951, as a means for missile defense.
The idea to purchase the land came up during a roundtable last spring when someone told him Denmark was in financial trouble over spending approximately 60 percent of its annual budget on subsidies to the island. The Danes turned the offer down, but the USA got its military basis anyway and those bases now serve as servicing and refueling stops for US military aircraft. "Now he goes home and his mother says, 'What the hell have you just done?'"
"Most people will find it disrespectful because the decision as to whether Greenland should be bought by anyone else is up to Greenland".
"We are open for business, but we're not for sale", Greenland's foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters.
Niels Tvis Knudsen, an associate professor emeritus at Aarhus University in Denmark who has done fieldwork in east Greenland since the 1970s, said he's concerned about outsiders coming in to exploit the country's natural resources and take advantage of its lack of government infrastructure.
Typically, Congress must appropriate money before the White House can use it, but Trump has shown a willingness to get around those restrictions.
"He didn't see me rip the signs away from those three people that were sitting near us", he said. Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., tweeted that the suggestion isn't "crazy", adding that the U.S. But Danish politicians have been quick to dismiss it.