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"That will not happen", say the Greenlanders, after Trump has inquired about the island purchase



In the small village of Kulusuk, a settlement off Greenland's southeast coast, the locals responded icily to the news that the White House legal department had considered the possibility of buying Greenland from the Danish government.

"They tried to buy us in 1867, during World War II, and now they're trying again," Kulusuk-based Bent Abeelsen told CNN. "That will not happen."

The island's government echoed the assessment: "Greenland is not for sale."

At least one of the amused locals of Kulusuk said he was open to the idea of what America could offer Greenland.

"I think it's a fun offer, but who knows, it's always the same with him, at first no one thought he was going to win or so we'll see," Kunuk, who refused his last name call, compared to CNN.

Asked if he wants to become an American, Kunuk said, "That depends on what I have, I like American movies and American music, and I would not mind if there are cinemas and swimming pools here Infrastructure would be good. "

As Abeelsen pointed out, Trump would not be the first American trying to buy Greenland. Although President Harry Truman avoids questions about his quest for control in the region, the United States allegedly tried to buy Greenland in 1

946, and in 1867 Secretary of State William Seward showed interest in buying the island.

Trump's interest in the island – first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday – speaks of his military and research potential. The area is home to Thule Air Base, the northernmost base of the US military, located about 750 miles above the Arctic Circle and built in 1951. The radar and intercept station has an early warning system for ballistic missiles that can warn of incoming ballistic intercontinental ballistic missiles and ranges thousands of miles into Russian territory.
  The small village of Kulusuk lies on an island of the same name on the southeast coast of Greenland and has about 280 inhabitants.

In remote areas like Kulusuk, the geopolitical importance of Greenland seems less obvious.

The village lives mainly from tourism and local fishing. Unemployment is high and the population has been declining for some time. It currently stands at around 280 people.

The country's foreign ministry took advantage of Friday's opportunity to promote tourism on the sparsely populated island, which is becoming greener as a result of the climate crisis. The Greenland ice sheet has lost an unusually high amount of ice this summer due to high temperatures in the Arctic. In June, 2 billion tons of ice was dropped in just one week.
"# Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, clean water and ice, fish stocks, seafood and renewable energy and is setting a new frontier for adventure tourism" Greenland's MFA said on Twitter . "We are open for business, not for sale."

Politiken, a caricature in one of the largest Danish newspapers, joked in a fake real estate listing that included Greenland's selling points: only a previous owner, beautiful country property in a quiet area, newly renovated, self-sufficient, can be used year-round , good fishing and no neighbors.

This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kulusuk.

CNN's Pamela Brown, Jim Acosta and Caroline Kelly have contributed to this report.


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