Senator Tom Cotton Backs President Trump’s Play on Greenland Purchase


Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton says he also floated the idea of the U.S. buying Greenland from Denmark, a report says.

Indeed, Cotton said that the deal would be great for everyone and those who have a knee-jerk reaction against the plan are only operating on hate for Trump.

Cotton also said that the idea was discussed with the Danish ambassador before Trump raised a storm with his plan to buy Greenland.

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The Wall Street Journal reported on August 16 that Trump wanted to buy the natural resources-rich island. According to the paper, Trump has made such comments several times. From there, the anti-Trump media ginned upm another round of accusations that Trump is “un-presidential” for the plan to buy Greenland.

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But now, Sen. Cotton says that he, too, urged Trump to try and make a deal to buy Greenland from the Danes.

According to Arkansas Online:

Cotton’s comments came during an interview with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics at a luncheon in Little Rock on Wednesday afternoon.

“Why are we talking about buying Greenland?” Brock asked dryly.

“Obviously, the right decision for this country,” Cotton replied. “There’s a reason why — so you’re joking — but I can reveal to you that several months ago I met with the Danish ambassador, and I proposed they sell Greenland to us.

“It’s obviously the right decision for the United States, and anyone who can’t see that is blinded by Trump derangement.”

The Sen. pointed out that the island has “untold” amounts of mineral wealth.

Cotton also noted that it is strategically located and the U.S. has had a base there for decades.

Since the news broke that Trump was considering such an offer, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen came out and firmly put the kibosh on a such deal.

But in response, President Trump postponed his meeting with the Danish leader.

That action is something that Cotton does not support. Cotton told the paper that he probably would not have postponed any meetings over the Greenland issue.

“Greenland is a semiautonomous Arctic territory of Denmark,” the paper explained. “The island, which is about 50% larger in land area than Alaska, is situated between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans with a population of 56,000. About 80% of Greenland is covered by a 660,000-square-mile sheet of ice.”

But the idea is not really new. President Harry Truman also offered to buy Greenland for $100 million in 1946.

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