Donald Trump 'has discussed buying Greenland from Denmark'

An early warning radar installation in Thule Greenland. A meteor struck 25 miles north of the base in July

An early warning radar installation in Thule Greenland. A meteor struck 25 miles north of the base in July

Greenland's foreign minister has responded to reports that US President Donald Trump discussed purchasing the autonomous Danish territory, remarking that the island wasn't for sale, Reuters reports.

The White House hasn't commented on the reports, but it wouldn't be the first time an American leader tried to buy the world's largest island. "It must be an April Fool's Day joke. but totally out of season!"

US President Donald Trump told a supporter to "go home, get some exercise" after initially thinking the man was a protester trying to disrupt his campaign rally in New Hampshire.

As of 2015, the Central Intelligence Agency estimated Greenland's GDP in US dollars at $2.4 billion.

As detailed by the Journal, the treaty gives the US military "virtually unlimited rights in Greenland at America's northernmost base, Thule Air Base".

The base's secret construction, undertaken by an armada of 120 ships, has been compared in scale to the effort required to build the Panama Canal.

Lewandowski had testified past year before the House Intelligence Committee but refrained from answering any questions about incidents that occurred post-2016 elections.

For those a little rusty on the geography, Greenland is a massive, mostly ice-covered island that sits between the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans.

It was unclear why Trump might want the United States to buy Greenland, though his administration has identified the Arctic as an area of growing importance to USA national security interests.

"My immediate thought is 'No, thank you". The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen was also not immediately available for comment.

The annual block grant from Denmark of close to £500m represents more than a third of the country's budget, and while Greenland's mining industry is taking off, the revenues it brings in still lag far behind what the country needs to wean itself away from its former colonial masters. Last May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that Russia's and China's actions in the Arctic had to be watched closely. In the USA, there were mixed reactions. It has autonomy in domestic matters, while foreign issues are handled by Denmark.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which first reported the news, said Mr Trump had spoken about the purchase with "varying degrees of seriousness". But Danish politicians have been quick to dismiss it.

While the idea seems batshit in the modern era, it's actually got some precedent in USA history.

But in 1917, Denmark did sell a group of islands in the Caribbean to the US government for $25 million.