Thursday, August 22, 2019
President Trump defended the idea of buying Greenland " derided by critics within the United States and rejected by Denmark, which controls it " in part by saying the idea first came from President Harry Truman.
Is that so?
The short answer: Yes " but it's complicated.
The long answer:
...Trump sought to make the case that his plan to buy Greenland was not, in fact, absurd, because he wasn't the first to come up with the idea. The administration of President Harry Truman pitched a sale to Copenhagen in 1946, in a story told in documents contained in the National Archives and revealed in 1991 by The Associated Press.
But the Truman administration did so under Cold War secrecy and no one learned about it for decades. There was no open bid and rejection as with Trump's attempt.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic
The situation in Truman's time also was very different for other reasons....
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