Last Updated on August 22, 2019
Greenland, which does not often enjoy much global media coverage aside from its frigid climate, melting ice caps, and exorbitant suicide rate; has been in the news after Donald Trump recently announced the idea of purchasing, what some deem to be, the largest island in the world.
Unfortunately, it seems the mammoth polar island which forms part of the Danish realm is not on the market.
The Guardian and Time Magazine both speculated whether Trump had canceled his Denmark trip over the failed negotiation.
The Hill reports:
“President Trump, who sparked controversy with this comments about purchasing Greenland, at one point joked about trading Puerto Rico for the Danish territory, a former White House official told The New York Times.
Trump joked about trading the American territory for Greenland last year, according to the former official, who reportedly overheard the president.”
Puerto Rico has also been the source of much contention in recent years regarding its potential introduction to the union, forming what would be the 51st State of America.
From a political standpoint, it seems as if its introduction to the union would gift a few more blue Electoral College Votes; answering many hastily argued concerns from political pundits who wish to incorporate the Caribbean island.
After the tragic 2017 hurricane, Hurricane Maria, several Blue Checkmarks took to Twitter to voice their desire to accommodate homeless Puerto Ricans in Swing States–implying a will to exploit a tragedy to further their political goals.
The Prime Minister of Denmark, however, publicly mocked the notion of selling the island to the United States, prompting President Trump to cancel his upcoming visit to the island.
“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”