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.
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.