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‘No Trump hotel for Greenland,’ mocks US President

AFP
Published Aug 20, 2019, 10:00 am IST
Updated Aug 20, 2019, 10:00 am IST
Greenland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted on Friday the resource-rich island was ready to talk business, but was not for sale.
US President Donald Trump jokingly promised that he would not build one of his eponymous hotels in Greenland, the day after he confirmed his interest in buying the Danish territory. (Photo: Twitter/ Donald Trump)
 US President Donald Trump jokingly promised that he would not build one of his eponymous hotels in Greenland, the day after he confirmed his interest in buying the Danish territory. (Photo: Twitter/ Donald Trump)

Washington: US President Donald Trump jokingly promised that he would not build one of his eponymous hotels in Greenland, the day after he confirmed his interest in buying the Danish territory.

Trump tweeted a meme on Monday depicting the golden Trump International Hotel Las Vegas towering over modest, primary-colored houses along a rocky coast. "I promise not to do this to Greenland!" he wrote. Trump's son Eric also shared the meme on Instagram.

 

The meme first appeared on Twitter Thursday with the caption: "Greenland in 10 years." It was shared after The Wall Street Journal reported the president's interest in buying the island.

On Sunday, Trump confirmed his interest in doing so but said it was not a priority for his administration. "Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to (Denmark) a little bit," he told reporters, adding that he viewed it as a "large real estate deal."

Read | 'Large real estate deal': Donald Trump on buying Greenland

Greenland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted on Friday the resource-rich island was ready to talk business, but was not for sale.

Read | ‘Not for sale’: Greenland to Donald Trump amid reports of purchase

Denmark colonised the 772,000 square-mile (two-million square kilometer) island in the 18th century. Danish politicians had poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers.

Read | ‘Has gone mad’: Danish MPs on Trump's reported plan to buy Greenland

It is home to only about 57,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit community.

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