Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken confirmed Thursday that the United States is no longer interested in buying Greenland, spoiling a fictional 2019 proposal by the Trump administration to annex the autonomous Danish territories.
Mr. Blinken said during an appearance in Greenland with Danish officials and the Prime Minister of Greenland, Mute Egede, in response to a reporter who asked him “to say categorically that the United States is not seeking to buy green land.” Earlier today, Foreign Minister He toured the territory He met privately with the Prime Minister for discussion “Bilateral trade and investment.”
Mr. Blinken’s brief remarks led to the closing of the book on a strange episode in the foreign policy of the United States. It was the Wall Street Journal It was first reported in August 2019 That President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly asked his aides to pursue the purchase of Greenland, in part to exploit the province’s abundant natural resources. It was Mr. Trump’s advisors Very skeptical of the ideaBut she agreed to investigate the matter.
Soon, news of Mr. Trump’s interest in annexing Greenland became her Butt jokes onlineWhile both residents received a cold reception The semi-autonomous region And the Among the Danish leadership, Who expressed his displeasure at the then-president’s suggestion that the area could be bought as, basically, a “big real estate deal.”
“Greenland is not for sale,” Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister of Denmark, told a Danish newspaper at the time. “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I very much hope that is not what is meant, seriously.”
“All they had to do was say, ‘No, we don’t prefer not to do that,’ or ‘We’d rather not talk about that,’ ” Mr. Trump told reporters on the day he canceled the trip.” Don’t say, “What a silly idea.”
Pele Proberg, Greenland’s foreign minister, hinted at the diplomatic estrangement during an appearance with Mr Blinken on Thursday.
“We will emphasize that this is not a real estate deal,” Mr. Broberg said of talks with US officials, citing Mr. Trump. “Secretary Blinken explained that he’s here for the people who live in the Arctic, for the people who live in Greenland.”