In the latest round of presidential humiliation, it was revealed yesterday that Donald Trump has expressed interest in purchasing Greenland for the United States. According to at least one source, the desire is less about economics or nation-building and more an extension of the president’s ego, a desire to prove how powerful he is.
While the proposal has been batted around with “varying degrees of seriousness,” Trump went so far as to ask his White House Counsel to explore the possibility, showing he has at least some genuine interest.
One need not be a master diplomat to know that Greenland, a self-ruling segment of Denmark, has no interest in auctioning itself off, especially not to a man like Donald J. Trump. Now, Danish lawmakers are speaking out.
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Some Danes perceived it as a joke, as evinced by a tweet from former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
It must be an April Fool’s Day joke … but totally out of sesson! https://t.co/ev5DDVZc5f
— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) August 15, 2019
Others took the story more seriously, especially as it pertains to Trump himself.
“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad. The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous,” said Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party.
Yet again, we see President Trump perceived abroad as an utter fool and the nation he leads foolish by association.
“We are talking about real people and you can’t just sell Greenland like an old colonial power. But what we can take seriously is that the U.S. stakes and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise, and they want a much bigger influence,” said Martin Lidegaard, a member of the Danish Social Liberal Party and a former Foreign Minister of Denmark.
Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, a Danish MP from the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, told Reuters that she is sure “a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long-term.”
“My immediate thought is ‘No, thank you’,” added Larsen.
The official Twitter account for Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Fairs even weighed in on the controversy, stating that the region is “not for sale.”
All things considered, the Danish response to Trump’s lunacy is rather tame. The sheer absurdity of the situation is laughable, but the fact that it’s coming from the most powerful man in the world is anything but funny. Every day Trump remains in power our national standing diminishes further.