That is not a sentence from an Onion article, although you could be forgiven if you made that mistake. This President, the most unorthodox resident of the White House in modern history, is actually, apparently, interested in buying Greenland — the world’s largest island currently owned by Denmark.
This raises all sort of questions — like, literally, dozens — but I’ve boiled it down to five key ones, which I will now attempt to answer.
It makes sense to get the big one out of the way first, right? Why would the US President want to purchase an island that is 80% covered by an ice sheet and where less than 60,000 people actually live? Trump himself hasn’t said — yet — but there are a few obvious reasons.
“Located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it includes a radar station that is part of a U.S. ballistic missile early-warning system. The base is also used by the U.S. Air Force Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.”
Third, Trump is a man very interested in his legacy in office. Buying Greenland would be a major bullet point on his presidential resume.
2. Is Greenland for sale?
Seems like no!
3. Is this crazy?
Nope — despite what Twitter might make you think.
4. Does the US buy a lot of other countries?
5. How does that saying go about Greenland and Iceland?
The Point: Donald Trump has a lot of wild ideas as president. Buying Greenland may be one of the most unorthodox. But it’s also not one of his worst.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly state the history of US land purchases.