In his best impression of the Million Dollar Man from the old WWE, Trump has repeatedly raised the question of why we can’t just buy the nation of Greenland to use the natural resources (coal, uranium and other minerals) it contains. He told the White House Counsel to look into the legality and what it would take to do it.
President Trump has pushed top aides to investigate whether the U.S. government can purchase the giant ice-smothered island of Greenland, two people with direct knowledge of the directive said.
The presidential request has bewildered aides, some of whom continue to believe it isn’t serious, but Trump has mentioned it for weeks…
As with many of Trump’s internal musings, aides are waiting for more direction before they decide how seriously they should look into it.Among the things that have been discussed is whether it is even legal, what the process would be for acquiring an island that has its own government and population, and where any money to purchase a giant landmass would originate.
His aides must just roll their eyes when Trump says things like this. Apparently it hasn’t occurred to him that the people of Greenland might not want their country to be bought or to become American citizens. Greenland is a region of Denmark, but governs itself autonomously. Why would they want to give up their way of life, with a much higher happiness and satisfaction than the U.S., nationalized healthcare and taxes that don’t go to support perpetual war to become Americans?
Yes, we’ve done this before, as in Alaska and the Louisiana Purchase. And Harry Truman floated the idea of buying Greenland specifically 70 years ago. But this is 2019. We don’t just buy up countries anymore, or take them over and force them to become part of the United States. And that’s a good thing. And just another way Trump is living in the past.