Ex-real Estate Developer Trump Wants US To Buy Greenland: Report
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Aug, 2019 ) :President Donald Trump hasn't forgotten his old job -- the world's most-famous real estate developer says he wants the US to acquire the world's biggest island, according to a report.
Trump has expressed interest in the mostly ice-covered landmass located northeast of Canada, asking advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire Greenland, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday, citing people familiar with the discussions.
The president has been curious about the territory's natural resources and geopolitical relevance, the paper reported.
Greenland is a self-governing region of Denmark, which colonized the 772,000 square-mile (two-million square kilometer) island in the 18th century, and is home to nearly 57,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit community.
Others outside the White House say Trump's interest could be a desire to secure a legacy achievement, the paper reported, and advisors wondered about the potential for research or greater military clout for the US.
The US's northern-most military base, Thule Air Base, has been located on Greenland for decades.
July saw unprecedented melting of the Greenland ice sheet, with 12 billion tonnes of ice flowing into the sea.