Frederiksen also stated that when she meets Trump in Denmark on September 2, Kim Kielsen, the premier of Greenland, will also be present. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Danish politicians echoed their leader's dismissal of the American offer, calling the idea "completely ridiculous" and an "April fool's joke", and even Trump seemed to find the humor in the possibility, tweeting a photoshopped image of a solid gold Trump Tower in the middle of a Greenland village with the tagline "I promise not to do this to Greenland!".
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has called Trump's musing "an absurd discussion". German Chancellor Angela Merkel later joined the event.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump had, on various occasions, floated the idea of the US purchasing Greenland. The prospect of Greenland becoming part of the United States appears to be far-fetched.
The prime minister had previously said the very idea is "absurd."
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Trump had been invited to visit Denmark by Queen Margrethe II.
On Sunday, Trump confirmed his interest in buying the country, telling reporters that Greenland is hurting Denmark.
Trump started to express his interest in purchasing the island earlier this month, which he said would be a strategic move for its natural resources and because the US military has operated for decades from Thule Air Base in Greenland, which is situated between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. "By the way, Greenland is not Danish". It handles its own domestic affairs while Copenhagen looks after defence and foreign policy.
"We believe that, by giving the U.S.an educational system and national health care, it could be transformed from a vast land mass into a great nation", the Danish spokesperson added. We're good allies with Denmark.
"We would like more tourists to come, we want to sell more fish globally, but we would also like to have better opportunities to get around the country", Kielsen said.