U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in buying the territory of Greenland. President Trump said any purchase of the world's second largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority at the moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that."
Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's an absurd discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation ends." The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.