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Aug 19, 2019 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

What’s behind Trump’s attempted Greenland purchase?

Originally thought to be a joke, Donald Trump has expressed interest in the United States purchasing Greenland from the Kingdom of Denmark, of which Greenland is an autonomous constituting country. The proposal has been quickly rejected and has been widely regarded as absurd, but given the history of the United States, is it really that ridiculous? What is behind Donald Trump’s attempted purchase of Greenland?
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Greenland's vast resources

The control of the Arctic is a future battle ground for global hegemony, and we can see from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Denmark in July 2020 that the push to acquire Greenland as US territory is not going to stop at Trump. This follows recent warnings from the Trump administration that companies involved with the Russian/German Nord Stream Two pipeline that runs under the Baltic Sea will be subject to US penalties. However the picture is more complex following billions in Chinese investments across Europe and the Arctic region in recent years and an agreement aligning uranium and rare earth mining activities between the Greenlandic and Chinese governments. It seems the wider political and economic war waging between the three superpowers of Russia, China and the US is set to spill into Greenland and the Arctic in coming decades.

republicworld.com/world-news/us-news/pompeo-meets-danish-greenlandic-faroese-ministers.html cfr.org/blog/china-and-russia-collaborators-or-competitors noqreport.com/2019/08/16/china-showing-interest-greenland-year-ago

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A distraction

Probably the centrepiece of Trump’s legacy will be his arduous trade war with China, but it is already clearly a legacy of failure with protectionism only leading to slowed global economic growth that was only further damaged by the pandemic. But years of back and forth tariff imposing has not solved the problem of big trade deficits, and according to Goldman Sachs "much of the reduction in the trade deficit with China will probably be offset by an increased trade deficit with other countries” [1]. As a result we have seen Trump try to distract from his failings just as he continued to do during the pandemic, and issues such as the purchase of Greenland are arguably just distracting from the bigger and long-lasting legacy of the growing economic instability he will leave the country with.

[1] foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/16/american-imperialists-have-always-dreamed-of-greenland

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A disregard for Greenlandic sovereignty and democracy

The attempted purchase of Greenland by the Trump administration is proof that, in the mind of people like Trump, democracy and sovereignty are an illusion that money can shatter. In Trump’s mind the world functions as it did in the 19th century, when the United States bought Alaska from Russia with no referendum and no thought for the 50,000 indigenous people living there. Furthermore Trump demonstrated his ignorance by approaching Denmark over the issue, the relationship between Greenland and Denmark is not the simple colonial relation that Trump believes. Greenland exercises far greater autonomy since a 2008 referendum and has ultimate authority over everything but foreign policy and national security.

politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/23/donald-trump-greenland-purchase-sovereignty-denmark-227859

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How the United States grew, Greenland is nothing new

America’s long history of territorial purchasing goes back centuries, with expansionism being a popular outlook in the country prior to the conception of the United States’ even. Whether it was by conquering and displacing the native population or annexing neighbouring European settlements, the United States grew from just three states in the northwest in 1787 to 50 following Dwight Eisenhower’s establishment of Alaska and Hawaii as states in 1959. But indeed purchasing territory has been common also, with Louisiana purchased from France in 1803, Alaska being bought from Russian in 1867 and the US Virgin Islands in 1917 from Denmark. Furthermore attempts to purchase Greenland are nothing new either, a legacy that neither President Harry Truman nor President Andrew Johnson could manage during their time in office, making Trump's efforts just the latest in a long line.

bullshift.net/all/view/2014/05/forgetsleep-science-gifs-008 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_states_and_territories_of_the_United_States answers.com/Q/Did_the_US_purchase_the_Virgin_Islands_from_Denmark

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Trumps Legacy: Attempting to make America greater... in size

United States' President Donald Trump is one of the most divisive leaders in the world, and often criticised for being image obsessed with a pompous sense of self-importance. This divisiveness could allow Trump to be remembered in a negative light, as even popular past presidents often leave a divisive legacy, Ronald Reagan and Barrack Obama for example. The purchase of Greenland is a grandiose policy and Trump is attempting to attach his legacy to a monumental event such as this enormous expansion of territory to be remembered for something positive.

marketwatch.com/story/trump-may-want-to-buy-greenland-and-the-internet-says-wait-what-2019-08-15

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