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Patty_Melt's avatar

If President Trump could pull off purchasing Greenland, how would things change in the world?

Asked by Patty_Melt (13410points) 3 weeks ago

He mentioned it before, but people thought he was kidding. Now it is known that he is dead serious. Denmark is saying not a snowball’s chance in hell.
I have heard that several times before mergers have taken place, so I’m waiting to see how things end up.

So I’m asking, what if?

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kritiper's avatar

They would build Trump a big house there and build a wall around it. (Why isn’t this in “social”?)

janbb's avatar

Why even talk about this? It’s not for sale.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@kritiper Probably because she doesn’t want another Trump bashing free for all, but serious answers that require thought?

flutherother's avatar

For a year or two no difference at all then Greenland would have more golf courses per square mile than any place on earth.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The US would have access to a new broad spectrum of natural resources.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me yes, everyone is having a good time speculating what has been hidden under all that ice for thousands of years.
There is probably a plethora of discoveries about to surface.

I wonder how it would affect relationships politically, socially, trade, and academically.
Geological finds are not necessarilly all for us to sort.
I am eager to see what anthropology and paleontology gets uncovered.

And for those who want to be jerks, go to another thread. This is an honest, serious question. If it not your cup of tea, leave it for those of us who have something to contribute.

janbb's avatar

How about we try not separating families first? Start with some smaller goals. Sorry – but this whole subject smells of distraction to me. I’ll stop following now.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Everything is for sale. It is up to the buyer to find the right price.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

In all seriousness acquisition of Greenland would be good for the US.

flutherother's avatar

Does this mean Trump now believes in global warming and expects Greenland to thaw out and become desirable real estate?

Patty_Melt's avatar

It is thawing, and it would be a huge acquisition for our country.
He is not the first president to make an offer.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Funny CNN youtube about this:
https://youtu.be/5gxmsJPbD5Y

Patty_Melt's avatar

Nice video! Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Darth_Algar's avatar

Might as well as what if dogs grew wings. It’s just as equally likely to happen.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I did not ask for the likeliness of a deal.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Alright then – it would be disastrous for the world, as vested interests would do everything within their power to eliminate the Greenland ice sheet (enough ice to raise the global sea level by 25 ft if it all melts) so they can get to the mineral resources under Greenland.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Apparently you haven’t seen the news lately. Greenland and Russia are thawing out. They don’t need any help.

That is part of the reason for renewed interest.

Prime Minister has been catty so far on the subject, but she hasn’t been rude.

Speaking of rude, I am open to apologies.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Canada and the USA would have more claim over the arctic and north pole against Russia.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Good point. Right now Russia is thawing out, and they will have large areas of land more liveable. It would be nice to balance things out a bit.

I wonder how long until the ground thaws enough for them to dig out new missile silos.

kritiper's avatar

@KNOWITALL Maybe we could start with serious questions. The whole idea of Trump buying Greenland was already ludicrous…

KNOWITALL's avatar

@kritiper Its not unheard of to buy land, sir. The US has done it before.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

We have looked into buying Greenland before

kritiper's avatar

@KNOWITALL Correct. But it was already understood that it was not for sale before the question was asked.

Patty_Melt's avatar

First of all, saying not for sale is an incredibly old ploy to hopefully tip a deal in their favor. It is done every day. My god, when railroad me were buying large tracts of land, farmers and ranchers used all sorts of ploys.
If you are unable to grasp that, you have never bought antiques, used cars, or livestock.

Next, have you ever played chess? I know the moves, but I’m not good at seeing two, three, seven moves ahead.
Trump is doing just that with a number of things he is balancing right now. People who can follow, get it.

Last,
“You’re going to build a bridge where? Can’t be done.”

“Free the slaves? Like hell.”

“School for coloreds, what for? They can’t be taught nothin’.”

“We can’t go up against the English army. Nobody can beat the English Army. The king’ll have our heads by spring.”

Lots of people have declared the impossible, only to see things happen which still confused them.

Now, there may or may not end up being a sale, but I wouldn’t hollar can’t too loudly.

Fluther has had lots of what if questions, and I find it quite that some people choose to shat all over a thread posted entirely with serious responses only desired.

I prefer apologies be made quick and simple so I can spend the better part of my time on people who don’t treat me badly.
There was absolutely nothing about my question which could bring insult to anyone, so neither should any of the answers.

wiscoblond's avatar

The world would finally have an island to send rapists and pedophiles to.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Jesus fucking Christ, this shitbird really is the most petty and childish man to ever occupy the White House.

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wiscoblond's avatar

My answer was honest.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Welp, that took a weird turn. I thought we were having fun?!

@wiscoblond They can work the mines, too. I’m in!

wiscoblond's avatar

^right? They really need an island of their own.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@wiscoblond Well cement boots sound better.

Demosthenes's avatar

It would be exploited for resources. There are certain areas of the world I would like to see left alone. This is one of them.

I do think the U.S. could potentially manage it better than a lot of the other nations who would desire the same resources, but depending on the administration in charge and the environmental regulations (or lack thereof) I could foresee the place being damaged.

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