16/08/2019 5:30 PM IST

Greenland To Donald Trump: 'We're Not For Sale'

Greenland's foreign minister has poured cold water on the US president's reported interest in buying the world's biggest island.

Greenland’s foreign minister has nixed US President Donald Trump’s reported interest in buying the autonomous Danish territory for the United States.

“We are open for business, but we’re NOT for sale,” Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters on Friday.

Trump had spoken with aides about the idea to buy the world’s biggest island, located between the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans, with “varying degrees of seriousness”, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The Associated Press, however, cited a source who claimed Trump ― who is scheduled to visit Denmark next month ― was not really “was not serious” about the plan.

It inevitably set Twitter alight.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Denmark’s former prime minister, tweeted that Trump’s idea “has to be an April Fool’s joke. Totally out of season.”

Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, said “if he truly is contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad.” “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous,” he added to broadcaster DR. 

And Rufus Gifford, the former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, used this thread to explain why it would be “a complete and total catastrophe.”