Assistant American President for National Security John Bolton discussed with the US ambassador in Denmark, Carla Sands, the strengthening of the economic ties of the United States with Greenland.
“An excellent conversation with Ambassador Carla Sands about deepening ties with Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Topics included the Arctic, energy security, trade, expanding US economic ties with Greenland, including investments in mineral exploration projects and modernizing airports,” Bolton tweeted on Thursday. To his post, the presidential aide attached a photo in which he and Sands are standing next to the White House.
On August 18, Trump announced that the United States would be interested in acquiring Greenland. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and representatives of Greenland refused to discuss the sale of autonomy. Trump later said that he had postponed a planned visit to Denmark and a reception at Queen Margrethe II due to the lack of prospects for dialogue on Greenland. This decision provoked a negative reaction among Danish politicians. The State Department sent a letter to Congress with a proposal to open a consulate general in Greenland.
Greenland is a territory within the Kingdom of Denmark and, since 2009, has the rights of broad autonomy. Despite the high level of self-government, issues of foreign policy and security of the island remain the prerogative of Copenhagen.