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In late April, a Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from 8 Wing Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Canada, were parked on the ramp at U.S. Air Force Base Thule in Greenland.

Months before President Donald Trump expressed interest in buying Greenland, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said he had suggested the idea to the president and met with the Danish ambassador to propose the sale of the great landmass to the United States.

Speaking Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the inaugural Talk Business & Politics Power Lunch at the Red & Blue Events Center in Little Rock, the young senator from Arkansas said buying Greenland was a no-brainer.

“Obviously the right move for this country,” Cotton said quickly when asked by Talk Business & Politics CEO Roby Brock about Trump’s Greenland tweets. “You’re kidding, but I can tell you that several months ago I met the Danish ambassador and offered to sell Greenland to us.

Greenland, owned by the European nation of Denmark, has a population of just over 56,000 on an island of 836,300 square miles. While its economy is mainly made up of fishing exports and is heavily subsidized by Denmark, the land is considered rich in mineral resources.

The main US military base in Greenland is Thule Air Base, 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The base is home to the 21st Space Wing’s global sensor network providing missile warning, space surveillance and space control to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Air Space Command Force.

Cotton said Greenland’s mineral reserves and strategic location made it an ideal strategy for the United States, noting that these reasons explain why President Harry Truman offered $100 million in the 1940s. Red & Blue crowd that “Greenland’s economic potential is incalculable” and that the island is “vital to our national security”.

“Anyone who can’t see this is blindsided by Trump’s derangement,” he said.

Cotton said that in 2018, the Chinese government essentially sought to bribe the local government in Greenland to allow it to build three military bases there. But efforts by the Trump administration and some members of Congress convinced Denmark to step in at the last minute and block the deal, Cotton said.

“I told the president you should buy it too,” Cotton said, later adding that “he (Trump) heard that from me and other people as well.”

However, the deal is not expected to materialize any time soon. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the idea “absurd”. Trump responded by canceling a planned state visit to Denmark.

“Denmark is a very special country with amazing people, but 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 scheduled meeting in two weeks for another time,” Trump tweeted. .

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