‘Trump wants to buy Greenland? Let’s make him find it on a map first’: Internet has a field day after president sets his sights on the island
- Internet goes into meltdown after it is revealed Trump is eyeing up Greenland
- Actress Bette Midler and a Hillary Clinton fmr press sec. weighed in on the news
- President Trump is showing strong interest in buying the island of Greenland as sources reveal he has repeatedly asked his advisers if it would be possible
- The 811,000-square-mile island of icy terrain in the Atlantic inhabits about 56,000 people and is an autonomous Danish territory
- It’s unclear how exactly the U.S. would go about buying the largest island in the world after two failed attempts in 1946 and 1867
The internet has been flooded with hilarious memes, after it was revealed President Donald Trump is eyeing up the island of Greenland.
Two sources told the Wall Street Journal that Trump has repeatedly asked his advisers with ‘varying degrees of seriousness’ if it would be possible for the U.S. to acquire the autonomous Danish territory for its resources and geopolitical significance.
It’s unclear how exactly the US would go about buying the largest island in the world following previous unsuccessful attempts by the US in 1946 and 1867.
‘What do you guys think about that?’ Trump asked a table of associates last spring when the idea of buying the island first came to be, a source told the Wall Street Journal. ‘Do you think it would work?’
Twitter users have had a field day at the news.
Actress Bette Midler wrote: ‘Trump wants to buy Greenland? Let’s make him find it on a map first.’
A former national press secretary to Hillary Clinton jokingly compared it to Trump’s bold campaign promise that Mexico would pay for a border wall.
‘Donald Trump is going to buy Greenland and Mexico is going to pay for it,’ wrote Jesse Ferguson.
Meanwhile writer Jon Gabriel posted an image of a town in Greenland with a huge golden Trump Tower photoshopped in, with the caption: ‘Greenland in 10 years.’
One confused Twitter user questioned: ‘We…might be buying Greenland?’ while another posted a meme with the caption: ‘Me seeing Greenland trending. “I wonder what this is abou…”‘
One Twitter user wrote alongside a meme of Homer Simpson slowly retreating into a bush: ‘BREAKING NEWS: Denmark to relocate Greenland in undisclosed location due to safety concerns.’
Alongside a meme of two laughing men, one person said: ‘Danes waking up this morning and finding out that @realDonaldTrump wants to buy #Greenland.’
One person with the Twitter username ‘Antfarmer’ made use of the ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ meme. ‘Someone had to… #Greenland #GreenlandNewDeal,’ they wrote.
‘Trump suggests we buy Greenland. Denmark be like,’ another person posted.
The 811,000-square-mile island of icy terrain in the Atlantic inhabits about 56,000 people, and though it is technically in North American waters, the self-governing land is culturally European.
Its foreign and security policy is handled by Copenhagen.
According to the Journal, Greenland relies on $591 million of subsidies from Denmark annually, which make up about 60% of its annual budget.
Greenland: The largest island in the world
Greenland is 811,000-square-miles – roughly the size of Western Europe and the largest island in the world.
The Danish autonomous territory is located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
Around 80% of the land is permanently covered by one huge ice caps – the Inland Ice/The Greenland Ice sheet.
This icy terrain in inhabits about 56,000, with 90% living in 16 towns and the rest in small settlement. The majority live in the lower part of West Greenland, while a small portion lives in the northern Thule area.
The official language is Greenlandic – closely related to languages spoken by Inuit in Canada and Alaska. Danish and English are spoken as second languages.
The 811,000-square-mile island of icy terrain in the Atlantic inhabits about 56,000 people and is an autonomous Danish territory