In a strange move in an increasingly strange political legacy, President Donald Trump has publicly pontificated about the US purchasing Greenland. The New York Times covered the story and casts legitimate aspersions about Trump’s suggestion, which has been received with predictable rancor from Danish government and Greenland representatives.
Danish Populist People’s Party spokesperson Soren Espersen responded to the President’s remarks, saying “If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad.” Greenland’s foreign affairs ministry posted to twitter that they were “open for business, not for sale.”
The President’s idea to buy the country calls to mind his methods as a real estate mogul, which The Times has pointed out is sometimes based on “selective facts” that misrepresent his prowess. It is certainly an ethically questionable move, especially considering Trump’s insistence on focusing on American infrastructure and bolstering a domestic economy. It also echoes a common criticism of the Bush administration, which was that of nation-building.
Trump allegedly told the assembled group of real estate players to whom he made the remarks about Greenland that he has had to restrain his desires to think as a real estate mogul while in office, saying he needed to “forget about this now,” but that “it will always be in [his] blood.”