Advisers reportedly told Donald Trump that acquiring Greenland would be a good economic decision. (AP: Patrick Semansky)
US President Donald Trump talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the United States, according to an anonymous source.
- An ally of Mr Trump said the US President was not serious about the proposal
- Neither the White House or Denmark have commented on the reports
- The US proposed to buy Greenland from Denmark in 1946
An ally of Mr Trump told The Associated Press on Thursday that the President had discussed the purchase but was not serious about the proposal.
The ally spoke on condition of anonymity.
It wouldn’t be the first time an American leader tried to buy the world’s largest island, which is an autonomous territory of Denmark.
In 1946, the US proposed to pay Denmark $US100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr Trump had asked advisers about whether the US could acquire Greenland and was interested in the island’s resources and geopolitical importance.
According to the newspaper’s report, some advisers supported the concept and said it would be a good economic decision.
Neither the White House nor Denmark has immediately commented on the story.
Climate experts are concerned about accelerated ice melting in Greenland. (AP: Ritzau Scanpix)
The European island has been hit hard by climate change in recent years, with experts saying the annual melting of ice sheets occurred earlier than usual this year.
An image of scientists and sled dogs travelling on standing water on sea ice went viral on social media in June as temperatures in north-west Greenland rose above normal levels.
Increased melting has been detected in Greenland’s ice cores since the mid-1800s, which was around the same time as the onset of industrial-era Arctic warming.
A team of scientists run across the ice in north-west Greenland, after it started melting earlier this year. (AP: Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut/Steffen M Olsen)