Donald Trump has been pestering aides about … buying Greenland

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) walks along the West Wing colonnade with his daughter Ivanka Trump (L) and his son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning Jared Kushner before he departs the White House March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The first family is scheduled to spend the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
This is going to end with Ivanka and Jared being appointed the new Princess and Prince of Greenland, isn’t it.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Donald Trump has been seriously considering … I mean, has been seriously enamored with the idea of having the United States … buy … Greenland.

Wait. What? Where did this come from?

“It remains unclear how far the president will push the idea,” says the Journal.

According to “people familiar with the deliberations” this has come up repeatedly, and “some” of his advisers “have supported the concept.” Greenland has resources and, ahem, location, and ‘Merica could always use both, and doin’ Deals is literally the only thing in Donald Trump’s astonishing existence that apparently can keep the man’s attention, and whatever Denmark might want for it, it’s pretty clear Republicans would pay in order to keep Dear Leader preoccupied and happy.

On the other hand, despite Trump repeatedly bringing this up in dinner conversations and with advisers it might be a “joke,” says someone the Journal only describes as a “people.” Because “since Mr. Trump hadn’t floated the idea at a campaign rally yet, he probably isn’t seriously considering it.” That’s how you would know, apparently. His staff doesn’t take his pronouncements seriously unless he screams them at a rally. He may be serious, but he’s not yet shouty-screamy serious.

Or he might be serious, because many, many of Trump’s ideas appear to first originate as statements so weird and out of context that his staff writes them off as jokes.

Or he might be waiting for the brochures to be delivered. Or for Sean Hannity to weigh in.

Or … you know what, maybe we should just sit this one out for now. Let’s just all, um, back away for a bit.

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