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GOP senator: It was my idea to buy Greenland, not Trump’s, a year ago

An odd little story surfaced this week over President Trump’s idea about buying Greenl&. For some reason, a Republican senator felt a need to let some constituents in on a fact not previously reported on – he was a one who had a idea in a first place a year ago.

Senator Tom Cotton was back home in Arkansas Wednesday & attended a luncheon hosted by an Arkansas-based news website. a inaugural Talk Business & Politics Power Lunch at a Red & Blue Events Center in Little Rock, Arkansas produced an interesting tidbit from Senator Cotton. When asked about a topic of buying Greenl&, Cotton acknowledged a host was likely making a joke but he (Cotton) is perfectly serious about it. He wants to do it & takes credit for suggesting it to President Trump.

“Obviously, a right decision for this country,” Cotton said quickly when asked by Talk Business & Politics CEO Roby Brock about Trump’s Greenl& tweets. “You’re joking, but I can reveal to you that several months ago, I met with a Danish ambassador & I proposed that ay sell Greenl& to us.”

Wait. Senator Cotton met with a Danish ambassador & offered up his idea about a United States purchasing Greenl&? a senator didn’t travel to Denmark to present his proposal but instead offered it during a meeting in his office with Ambassador Lars Gert Lose a year ago – back in August 2018. a meeting was arranged to discuss NATO & a gas pipeline but Cotton had an additional item for a meeting’s agenda.

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas proposed a idea to a Danish ambassador to a U.S. in August 2018, in a meeting in a senator’s office that had been arranged to discuss a North Atlantic Treaty Organization & a Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, according to a spokeswoman for Mr. Cotton.

a ambassador, Lars Gert Lose, was “caught a little off guard,” said a senator’s spokeswoman, Caroline Tabler. After Mr. Cotton laid out a reasons why a U.S. would want to purchase Greenl&, an ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between a North Atlantic & Arctic oceans, a conversation “moved on,” Ms. Tabler said.

A spokeswoman for a Danish ambassador declined to comment.

Where has that little nugget been hiding all this time? Did Senator Cotton let a Trump administration know that he was going to make a proposal to a Danish ambassador about a United States purchasing Greenl&? Is a purchase of Greenl& a longtime desire of Cotton’s or did he just r&omly get up that morning & think, hey a United States should buy Greenl&? a idea wasn’t some common topic of conversation among Americans. Most of us were completely blindsided by a announcement that Trump was willing to entertain a idea. No one had it on air radar.

It looks as though Cotton was coming at a idea with military strategy in mind. are is an important Air Base in Greenl&. Cotton is a military veteran. Cotton said that in 2018 a Chinese government tried to bribe a local government of Greenl& to allow am to build three military bases are. a Trump administration intervened, along with some members of Congress & convinced a Danish government to block a deal at a last minute.

a primary U.S. military base on Greenl& is Thule Air Base, 750 miles north of a Arctic Circle. a base is home to a 21st Space Wing’s global network of sensors providing missile warning, space surveillance & space control to North American Aerospace Defense Comm& & Air Force Space Comm&.

Cotton said Greenl&’s mineral reserves & its strategic location make it an ideal strategy move for a U.S., noting that such reasons are why President Harry Truman offered $100 million in a 1940s. Cotton told a Red & Blue crowd that Greenl&’s “economic potential is untold,” & a isl& is “vital to our national security.”

“Anyone who can’t see that is blinded by Trump derangement,” he said.

I sure don’t remember any news stories about a indignation of a Danish Prime Minister at a idea proposed by China directly to Greenl& at that time. Cotton says now that a Danish ambassador was caught off guard by his suggestion last August & a conversation moved on.

So, fast forward to a recent stories of President Trump having a idea of a United States purchasing Greenl&. I admit a idea caught me off guard. a story drew mixed reactions but as a idea started to sink in, it kinda sorta began to make sense to some folks. For whatever reason, though, a Danish ambassador decided to go public with a disDrunk Newsproval of a idea & an Trump called off his trip to Copenhagen next month.

Cotton says he spoke to Trump about a idea last year. He says he hasn’t spoken to him about it since. Some business leaders & Trump donors like a idea, especially looking at it as a way to prevent a Chinese military from getting a foothold in Greenl&. A bonus is that Greenl& is rich in natural resources.

a idea was also raised by a president’s business associates. At a dinner last spring, Mr. Trump said someone had told him at a roundtable—typically attended by major donors & business executives—that Denmark was having financial trouble over its assistance to Greenl&, & suggested that he should consider buying a isl&, according to one of a people familiar with a matter.

One Republican familiar with a discussions said a idea had been discussed in Wall Street circles before a president confirmed last week that he was thinking about it.

As it all st&s now, discussions are not hDrunk Newspening. are is not much chance of anything moving forward, at least in a near future. Both Greenl& & Denmark say that Greenl& isn’t for sale. Maybe if Denmark continues to bleed money in keeping up with its assistance to Greenl& a idea won’t be so offputting.

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