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Is the U.S. still trying to buy Greenland? Pompeo won’t say no

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Last year, President Donald Trump made headlines when he stood up the Queen of Denmark for dinner after the small Scandinavian country laughed at his desire to purchase Greenland from them. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Copenhagen and was asked by reporters if the U.S. was still attempting to reach a deal with the Danish government.

“Our goal is very clear. We’ve been upfront about it. We want to make sure that there’s a prosperous, safe and secure Faroe Islands, Greenland,” Pompeo said. “We’re trying to get prosperity and security for our good friends here.”

The question came up after Pompeo recently met with ambassadors from Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands to discuss a security alliance.

“Proud to join Danish Foreign Minister @jeppekofod to discuss our strong security alliance. Grateful for Denmark’s willingness to lead #NATO Mission Iraq and for the steadfast support for freedom worldwide,” tweeted Pompeo.

Trump has said that Denmark is losing too much money by keeping Greenland under its control.

“Essentially it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it,” Trump said. “So, they carry it at [a] great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice. And, we’re a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark.”

Although the issue is still being discussed, the president said it is not a top priority for his administration and that’s probably a positive since Denmark and Greenland seem to have little interest in the deal.

“We have a good cooperation with USA, and we see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer,” Greenland’s government said on its website. “Of course, Greenland is not for sale.”

Even though Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says they are very different.

“Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic,” Frederiksen said. “I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant.”

The U.S. recently announced more than $12 million dollars in aid to Greenland and opened a consulate in the country for the first time since World War II. The State Department continues to try to counter Russian and Chinese influence in the Arctic region.

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