"Greenland isn't for sale, Greenland isn't Danish, Greenland is Greenlandic", Frederiksen said Sunday during a visit to Greenland, according to local newspaper Sermitsiaq. As the global leaders remained amused over US' plans of buying Greenland, the idea met with huge criticism by officials from Greenland and Denmark.
The president went on to compare purchasing the territory from Denmark to a "large real estate deal". "And, we're a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark".
Despite the claimed losses, Greenland has continuously been supported by Denmark and has strictly denied the sale of their territory.
The most recent attempt came in 1946, as tensions between the United States and Russian Federation began to flare at the start of the Cold War.
For the United States, this would not be the first acquisition of a foreign land.
"We have a very strategic base up there, a military base, which we visited", Manchin said, referring to his visit to Greenland earlier this year as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. Frederiksen called the whole discussion "absurd", adding that she "strongly [hopes] that this is not meant seriously".
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Frederiksen, who became prime minister June 27, was on a planned two-day trip to Greenland before traveling to nearby Iceland for a meeting of the Nordic prime ministers.
While conflicting media reports have emerged regarding whether or not the president is serious, Greenland's government has made clear it is not for sale.
Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, assistant professor at the Royal Danish Defense College, reports that USA authorities have shown increasing interest in Greenland in recent years, due to how strategically important the country's location is.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump's confirmation over considering buying Greenland for strategic reasons brought huge criticisms. Joe Manchin III, W.Va., said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "changes are happening" in Greenland as a result of climate change, "and the people up there understand it and they're trying to adjust to it". Greenland is not Danish. Seward's plans for the United States to mount a competitive offer for the Danish islands were dropped, however, after a plan to purchase the Danish West Indies failed to pass the Senate.
The US Air Force now maintains one base in northern Greenland, Thule Air Force Base, some 1,200km south of the North Pole.
Trump acknowledged that "the concept came up" and he believed the "strategically interesting"-part, but added that the issue was not a priority".