Sen. Tom Cotton: Anyone Who Doesn’t Want U.S. to Buy Greenland Is ‘Blinded By Trump Derangement’

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President Trump was the subject of ridicule after reports that he was trying to buy Greenland but, one of his most loyal allies, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, thinks purchasing the island is actually a great idea.

In a recent forum in his home state, Cotton was asked about the idea and called it “the right decision for this country.”

He added, “there’s a reason why — so you’re joking — but I can reveal to you that several months ago I met with the Danish ambassador, and I proposed they sell Greenland to us,” according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

He said that the Danish ambassador was taken aback by his suggestion that they sell Greenland to the United States.

The Senator went on to say, “it’s obviously the right decision for the United States, and anyone who can’t see that is blinded by Trump derangement.” He argued that the island would be useful for American defense and because the natural resources in Greenland could prove valuable.

FILE PHOTO: Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Cotton noted that President Truman tried to buy Greenland, saying “it may have been surprising to a lot of people last week to hear it in the news, but there’s a reason why Harry Truman 70 years ago recognized this was an obvious advantage to the American people.”

It may have seemed like a joke when the story broke that Trump was hoping to buy the island, but it became more serious when the president called off a meeting with the Danish leader. He wrote on Twitter “based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time.”

Asked about Trump’s cancellation of the meeting, Cotton said that he doesn’t think the president should have called off the visit.

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David
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Just because big land deals haven’t been done in a long time we consider the very concept mock-able and crazy? Good thing you partisan hacks weren’t around to mock the Louisiana purchase.

Phyllis Softa
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Disagreeing with Trump is “derangement” because Greenland was Sen Cotton’s idea?? Sen Cotton disagreed with a NON- military approach to denuclearizing Iran. Sen Cotton lead the calls for the U.S. to get out of the JCPOA—how is that working out? Sen Cotton blocked the nomination of an ambassador with the only explanation of “inflicting pain on Obama” offered. Sen. Cotton wrote an op ed calling for the imprisonment of NYT journalists. The voters of Arkansas obviously approve of Sen. Cotton’s ideas , BUT informed SANE folks on BOTH sides of the aisle disagree with Sen Cotton more often than not.

Michael
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Still crazy. That’s not how the world works anymore.

Phoenix
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It’s not so much not seeing the value, but his attempt at negotiating was bizarre.

James
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The US already has an Air Force Base (Thule AFB) in Greenland; so, we’ve had an interest there for a number of years. (Bob Hope held a lot of USO shows on Thule annually while those of us in Alaska had young mainland high school girls who were embarrassed to perform their dancing routines to “entertain” 40 to 50 men.)

Buying Greenland is not a really bad idea. As long as it does not become a State the other 57 (according to what’sone ofhisnames?) have to support.

Screwtape
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Wanting to buy Greenland is far-fetched, but not crazy,

Outside of its strategic value, it has mineral, natural gas, and fisheries resources. More importantly it is a gateway to the arctic, which has even more resources. q.v. Russia, China, etc. competing for arctic territory.

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