Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Thursday confirmed that the United States was now not all for shopping for Greenland, scuttling for good a quixotic 2019 proposal by the Trump administration to annex the self-governing Danish territory.
“I can confirm that’s correct,” Mr. Blinken stated throughout an look in Greenland with Danish officers and the premier of Greenland, Mute Egede, in response to a reporter who requested him to “definitively say that the United States does not seek to buy Greenland.” Earlier within the day, the secretary of state toured the territory and met privately with the premier to talk about “bilateral trade and investment.”
Mr. Blinken’s temporary remarks closed the ebook on a weird episode in U.S. international coverage. The Wall Street Journal had first reported in August 2019 that President Donald J. Trump had repeatedly requested aides to pursue a purchase order of Greenland, partially to exploit the territory’s plentiful pure assets. Mr. Trump’s advisers had been extremely skeptical of the thought, however agreed to examine the matter.
News of Mr. Trump’s curiosity in annexing Greenland rapidly grew to become the butt of jokes on-line, whereas receiving a chilly reception each from residents of the semiautonomous territory and among Danish leadership, who took umbrage on the then-president’s suggestion that the territory might be purchased as, primarily, “a large real estate deal.”
“Greenland is not for sale,” Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister of Denmark, instructed a Danish newspaper on the time. “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”
Mr. Trump, angered on the Danish response to his thought, abruptly canceled a diplomatic go to to Denmark and described Ms. Frederiksen as “nasty,” sparking a global incident.
“All they had to do is say, ‘No, we’d rather not do that’ or ‘We’d rather not talk about it,’” Mr. Trump stated to reporters on the day he canceled the journey. “Don’t say, ‘What an absurd idea that is.’”
Pele Broberg, Greenland’s international minister, alluded to the diplomatic rupture throughout his look with Mr. Blinken on Thursday.
“We will underscore this is not considered a real estate deal,” Mr. Broberg stated of talks with U.S. officers, quoting Mr. Trump. “Secretary Blinken has made it very clear that he is here for the people living in the Arctic, for the people living in Greenland.”