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Trump Promises Not to Do ‘This’ to Greenland

NOT happening. Photo: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump, official U.S. president and unofficial space scientist, has been itching to buy Greenland, the very large island here that is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. What would he do with Greenland, exactly? That’s unclear. But in a tweet posted on Monday night, and retweeted on Tuesday morning, the president shared one thing he would absolutely NOT do, and that is that he would NOT build an enormous gold duplicate of the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on the shores of a small Greenlandic fishing village.

“I promise not to do this to Greenland!” Trump wrote, attaching a meme that has been circulating since the WSJ report, and that shows the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas looming over a village in Greenland. (You know it’s Greenland because at the bottom of the picture, it says “GREENLAND” in big white letters.)

So for the time being, it seems, the people of Greenland can sleep soundly knowing their shores won’t soon be overrun by uncles in MAGA hats, sipping overpriced Long Island iced teas and demanding you show them the way to the craps table.

Even if that were Trump’s plan, however, Denmark is not inclined to sell its territory to him. Per the WSJ:

“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Espersen, told broadcaster DR. He added, “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”

As of Tuesday, the president has not clarified whether Greenland, like the moon, is also a part of Mars.

Trump Promises Not to Do ‘This’ to Greenland