No Trump hotel for ‘real estate’ target Greenland, US president says

No Trump hotel for 'real estate' target Greenland, US president says
Nuuk, Greenland, on August 19th 2019. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix
US President Donald Trump jokingly promised on Monday that he would not build one of his eponymous hotels in Greenland, the day after he confirmed his interest in buying the Danish territory.

Trump tweeted a meme depicting the golden Trump International Hotel Las Vegas towering over modest, primary-coloured houses along a rocky coast.

“I promise not to do this to Greenland!” he wrote.

Trump's son Eric also shared the meme on Instagram.

The meme first appeared on Twitter Thursday with the caption: “Greenland in 10 years.” 

It was shared after The Wall Street Journal reported the president's interest in buying the island.

On Sunday, Trump confirmed his interest in doing so but said it was not a priority for his administration.

“Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to (Denmark) a little bit,” he told reporters, adding that he viewed it as a “large real estate deal.”

Denmark colonized the two-million square kilometre island in the 18th century. It is home to only about 57,000 people, most of whom belong to the indigenous Inuit community.

Greenland's ministry of foreign affairs insisted Friday the resource-rich island was ready to talk business, but was not for sale.

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen has described the idea as an “absurd discussion”.

Trump has been invited for a state visit to Denmark, scheduled for September 2nd and 3rd.

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