Why does Donald J. Trump want to buy Greenland? Most media people confess that they’re mystified.
We think we have the best possible answer: Trump likes to think big and Greenland is 836,300 square miles in size, about one-fourth of the whole United States, which embraces about 3,531,905 square miles.
We believe someone must have mentioned the Louisiana Purchase to Trump in school or maybe one of his aides told him about the great real estate buy of 216 years ago. The cost was $15 million in 1803, which was real money in those days.
Trump planned to go to Denmark on government business soon, but when the nation’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen, 41, said that Trump’s hope of buying Greenland was ”absurd” he canceled the trip but said he might go later. He called her “nasty.”
The Louisiana Purchase extended the United States across the Mississippi River, nearly doubling the size of the country.
The Kingdom of France had controlled the Louisiana territory from 1699 until it was ceded to Spain in 1762.
In 1800, Napoleon, then the first consul of the French Republic, regained ownership of Louisiana as part of a broader project to reestablish a French colonial empire in North America.
The purchase included land from 15 present states and two Canadian provinces, including the entirety of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska; large portions of North Dakota and South Dakota; the area of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado east of the Continental Divide; the portion of Minnesota west of the Mississippi River; the northeastern sections of New Mexico; northern portions of Texas; New Orleans and the portions of the present state of Louisiana west of the Mississippi; and small portions of land within the present Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Greenland’s population is about 55,000, with 90% of the people living in 16 towns.
It’s famous for its enormous ice sheet which was diminished this year by hot sunshine melting the frozen water.
Tourists visiting Greenland are surprised to see the houses painted in bright colors of green, red, yellow and blue.
Trump is interested in the country for strategic military purposes, as well as because of its natural resources.
Thule Air Base/Pituffik Airport is the United States Air Force’s northernmost base, located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 947 miles from the North Pole on the northwest coast of Greenland.
The Pentagon would not want to have the U.S. buy the biggest island in the world.
Greenland just wouldn’t be all that useful as an addition to America’s military empire.
The 800,000 square miles of pristine land and empty airspace sounds like a training officer’s dream, but the weather is horrific.
Trump’s habit of changing his mind on virtually every decision will probably apply to Greenland.
The admonition is “forget about it.”