Considering Donald Trump is the kind of person who thought America needs a Space Force, Ireland is in the UK, and that fast-forwarding through movies is the way to watch them, wanting to buy Greenland isn't the craziest thing to imagine.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump has spoken with his aides with "varying degrees of seriousness" about purchasing Greenland from the Kingdom of Denmark, of which it is an autonomous country.
While the idea seems batshit in the modern era, it's actually got some precedent in US history. For example, the US Virgin Islands were purchased in 1917 from Denmark, then previously known as the Danish West Indies. Not only that, President Harry Truman tried to buy Greenland in 1946 for $100 million - and was rebuffed.
Needless to say, Trump's latest scheme was more than enough to get a few jokes out of people on Twitter.
Trump wants to buy #Greenland? Let’s make him find it on a map first.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 16, 2019
Greenland in 10 years. pic.twitter.com/akqWowauyu
— jon gabriel (@exjon) August 15, 2019
If Donald Trump thinks Greenland is for sale, I can't wait to see what he does with the next email he gets from a Nigerian spammer.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 16, 2019
Anyone surprised that a guy that couldn’t sell Vodka, water and steak, thinks he can buy Greenland?
— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) August 16, 2019
Does he know Greenland is the icy one and Iceland is the green one?
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 16, 2019
This is a good point, because there is a very strong possibility that Trump doesn't actually know the difference between the two. Of course, had he watched 'The Mighty Ducks 2' like the rest of us, he'd know that Greenland is covered in ice, and Iceland is very nice.
When fucking up 50 states just isn't enough https://t.co/n65ln33yma
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 15, 2019
In any case, given how the US is probably headed for a recession in the next six to eight months, there's very little real possibility that he's actually going to be able to do any of this. Still, it's probably not even the stupidest/craziest thing he's going to try to do before his tenure as US President is over, so expect more of this in the remaining months. Just to make it even more silly however, former Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen got in on the Twitter jokes as well.
It must be an April Fool’s Day joke ... but totally out of sesson! https://t.co/ev5DDVZc5f
— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) August 15, 2019