Donald Trump’s sudden wish to have the U.S. buy Greenland is not going over so well in Greenland or Denmark, of which the Arctic island is a territory. “We are open for business, but we're NOT for sale,” Danish foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters.
”I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term,” said Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, a member of the Danish Parliament representing Greenland. Non-politicians in Greenland didn't exactly embrace the idea, either, with responses ranging from “Oh please God no” to “We are not something you can just buy. Keep away from our country.”
Trump’s interest in Greenland, however serious it is, is because the island has resources and a strategic position. And, presumably, because he’d like to have a big deal—the biggest real estate deal in years!—to brag about. But there are also people there, as these quotes highlight, and they have opinions about being bought to satisfy Trump’s ego.