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What’s happening:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump had, on various occasions, floated the idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland. Trump later confirmed his interest, saying “essentially, it’s a large real estate deal” and jokingly tweeting a doctored image of a Trump-branded building towering over the barren Greenland landscape.

Greenland is a massive yet sparsely populated island off the northeast coast of Canada that’s largely covered in ice. The island is a self-governing territory of Denmark.

In response to reports of American interest, Greenland’s Foreign Ministry said it was “open for business, not for sale.” Denmark’s prime minister called the idea “absurd.”

Trump is not the first U.S. president to try to buy Greenland. The Truman administration offered the Danes $100 million in gold and potentially part of Alaska for the island in 1946. Denmark declined, but has allowed the U.S. to maintain an Air Force base there for the past 70 years. The two countries completed a deal in 1917 for America to acquire what are now the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Why there’s debate:

Many wrote off the idea as nothing more than offhand comments made by a president prone to speaking off the cuff. Others have argued that the notion was functionally impossible because Denmark may not be in a position to sell Greenland, even if it wanted to. Read more

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What’s happening:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump had, on various occasions, floated the idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland. Trump later confirmed his interest, saying “essentially, it’s a large real estate deal” and jokingly tweeting a doctored image of a Trump-branded building towering over the barren Greenland landscape.

What’s happening:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump had, on various occasions, floated the idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland. Trump later confirmed his interest, saying “essentially, it’s a large real estate deal” and jokingly tweeting a doctored image of a Trump-branded building towering over the barren Greenland landscape.