President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit Denmark, but he announced on August 20 that he would not go. President Trump recently said he was thinking about buying the world’s largest island, Greenland. The island belongs to Denmark, now. Danish leader Mette Frederiksen didn’t take the idea seriously and so Trump canceled his trip.
The president admitted that he was thinking about buying Greenland. Many Danes saw the president’s comments as a joke. The Danish leader called the proposal “absurd.” Trump answered on Twitter, saying he had canceled his visit to Denmark based on Frederiksen’s comments.
Greenland was discovered by Erik the Red in the tenth century. Erik belonged to a group of Norwegians who left to avoid living under the king of Norway. Erik settled on an island he had discovered. He called it Greenland. His son, Leif Erikson, later discovered America, 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
Erik arrived in Greenland during the Medieval Warm Period and was able to farm there. When the climate started cooling a few centuries after he arrived, the land turned to frozen desert. Eventually, Greenland became part of the kingdom of Denmark.
No deal for Greenland
In America, most people reacted with scorn and laughter at the idea of buying Greenland. However, the idea is not new. President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million to buy the island in 1946.
Was President Trump serious about buying Greenland? Many people were surprised by his sudden choice to cancel his Denmark visit. Maybe he wanted to teach countries not to treat his ideas as “absurd.” Maybe there were other hidden reasons. Whatever the reason, for now, there will be no visit to Denmark and no deal to buy Greenland.