Donald Trump has confirmed he’s inquisitive about shopping for Greenland from Denmark, saying it will be “strategically . . . good” for the US to personal the self-governing territory.

Nevertheless, Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s new centre-left prime minister, on her first go to to the Arctic island on Sunday, stated: “Greenland is just not on the market. Greenland is just not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I actually hope that it’s not one thing that’s critically meant.”

Kim Kielsen, Greenland’s prime minister, stated on Friday: “We now have co-operation with USA, and we see it as an expression of better curiosity in investing in our nation and the chances we provide. After all, Greenland is just not on the market.”

Jeppe Kofod, Denmark’s international minister, stated the island couldn’t be purchased “in dollars, yuan or roubles”.

However Mr Trump advised reporters on Sunday night stated he was “” in shopping for the land, including: “We’re excellent allies with Denmark. We shield Denmark like we shield massive parts of the world.”

When requested whether or not he would trade US territories for Greenland, Mr Trump likened the transaction to a “massive actual property deal”.

“Numerous issues will be finished,” he stated. “It’s hurting Denmark very badly as a result of they’re shedding nearly $700m a 12 months carrying it. So that they carry it at an important loss. And, strategically, for the USA, it will be good.”

Greenland, dwelling to simply 56,000 individuals, is dependent upon the Danish authorities for international affairs and nationwide safety whereas being geographically a part of North America. It’s seen as strategically vital due to its location between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, in addition to its potential pure sources, together with uncommon earth metals, oil and gasoline.

Mr Trump stated on Sunday that he “could also be going to Denmark” after a visit to Poland later this month however added that buying Greenland was not “primary on the burner”.

The White Home beforehand introduced that Mr Trump and his spouse Melania would go to Poland to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the second world conflict, earlier than travelling to Denmark on the invitation of Margrethe II, queen of Denmark, for a state go to.

Further reporting by Richard Milne in Oslo.

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