United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on May 20 that the U.S. does not want to buy Greenland, after former President Donald Trump proposed the idea.
“I can confirm that’s correct,” Blinken said at a press conference in Greenland when one reporter asked him to “definitively say that the United States does not seek to buy Greenland.”
Blinken said that he was visiting the country because the U.S. has a “strong desire… to build a true and strong partnership with Greenland.”
“We have shared interests; we have shared values… that’s why we’ve sought to deepen our engagement here in Greenland,” Blinken said.
“This is not considered a real estate deal. Real estate means land with nothing on it, nobody on it. Secretary Blinken has made it very clear that he is here for the people living in the Arctic, for the people living in Greenland.” Greenland’s Foreign Minister Pele Broberg also said at the press conference.
Trump announced in August 2019 that he had an interest in buying Greenland, the world’s largest island and an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, sparking a diplomatic commotion.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described Trump’s proposal at the time as “absurd.”
“Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland,” Frederiksen told a Danish newspaper at the time.
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