Trump Vows Not to Build Skyscraper Hotels on Greenland
President confirms he's discussed buying island from Denmark
In an apparent lighthearted swipe at his critics, President Donald Trump vowed late Monday that he won't build any of his signature skyscraper hotels in Greenland.
The president made the promise in a surprising tweet, shortly after he confirmed the media speculation that he was looking into the possibility of purchasing the sparsely populated Arctic island from Denmark.
An edited photo is featured in the tweet, showing a tall gold-colored building emblazoned with "TRUMP."
In the caption, the president said: "I promise not to do this to Greenland!"
I promise not to do this to Greenland! pic.twitter.com/03DdyVU6HA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
President Trump had previously confirmed the rumors that he had discussed buying the world's largest island with his aides.
"Essentially it’s a large real estate deal," he told reporters in New Jersey.
"A lot of things can be done.
"It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they're losing almost $700 million a year carrying it.
"So, they carry it at 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."
Denmark's prime minister called American interest in Greenland "absurd" and said the island is not for sale.
"Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said.
"I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant," Frederiksen told reporters Sunday during a trip to meet Kim Kielsen, the premier of Greenland.
Trump is scheduled to visit Demark on Sept. 2 as part of a larger European trip.
The U.S. proposed buying Greenland in 1946 for $100 million after toying with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the island.
On Friday, Greenland's foreign minister, Ane Lone Bagger, had told Reuters:
"We are open for business, but we're not for sale."