President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about the possibility of the U.S. buying Greenland, the Wall Street Journalreported, though it is unclear how serious the president is about the idea or if it is even feasible.
- Some of his advisers support the concept, saying it’s a good economic play, while others have dismissed it as being unrealistic, the WSJ report said.
- A source told the WSJ that Trump is interested in Greenland’s natural resources and the legacy such an acquisition would give him after office.
- Greenland is an autonomous country owned by Denmark, which controls the region’s foreign and security policy. If the U.S. did want to purchase Greenland, it would have to buy it from Denmark.
It is unclear how the U.S. would even go about purchasing Greenland from Denmark. In past land acquisitions from early U.S. history, such as the Louisiana Purchase or the Alaska Purchase, the deals were made via a treaty, which was approved by two-thirds of the Senate in accordance with the Constitution.