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Were Trumps “Jokes” About Greenland Serious Signals to Russia and China?

I have always said there is usually a method to Donald Trump’s seeming madness. With all the stink that the President’s distractors have stirred up over his “jokes” about buying Greenland, what Trump may have actually been doing was sending a very serious signal to our rivals — Russia and China.

All his “joking” could actually have been strategic foresight of an upcoming battle for supremacy in the Arctic region with Russia and China.

Both of the US’s communist rivals have taken a keen interest in the region as a warming climate has led to newly open sea lanes and shipping routes.

“Trump’s approach may be wacky but it does send a serious message to Russia and China — don’t mess with us on Greenland,” Rear Admiral Nils Wang, a former head of the Danish navy, told London’s Sunday Times. “This is a complete game-changer.”

Russia has long dedicated considerable resources to the Arctic, often using it for military research. As the ice has melted, the country has ramped up military drills, opened new radar stations and established military bases.

As we reported in these pages, earlier this year, Norwegian fisherman apprehended a mysterious beluga whale off the arctic coast — and it was equipped with Russian surveillance equipment!

As the BBC has recently reported, China also has designs on Greenland, having purchased a fleet of commercial ice-breakers to help carve out new routes for its silk trade.

“They’re looking for alternate routes of shipping in case they face future problems in the South China Sea or the Malacca Strait,” John Dotson, who edits the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief, recently told The New York Post.

“The Chinese are certainly showing greater interest in the potential shipping lanes through the arctic region, particularly as the climate warms and the ice is melting and those northern sea lanes are becoming more open,” added Dotson.

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24 Comments on this post.
  • Allen Morgan
    29 August 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    I am so glad Russia and China have their heads exploding. I hope Trump says something else that keeps them in a permanent state of confusion and anguish.

  • ROGER m
    29 August 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Not yet

    29 August 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    29 August 2019 at 8:26 pm
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  • Eric
    29 August 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    This latest move by President Trump is why I just love the way he thinks! He’s, way “ahead” of the curve, and as per usual! I think it would be a stellar deal if the US could acquire Greenland! I say press full speed ahead, and that would open a completely new vestige for America!

  • Barbara
    29 August 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    Try and get it done Pres. Trump.!!! Itb would be a good move.!!!!

  • Stan Lee
    29 August 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    With multiple attacks practically daily, President Trump “can handle the heat”, and still keep an eye on two wannabee U.S. adversary nations. He’s not smiling much these days, as he did when he first won the presidency. Now, he has a mighty serious look about him, and his mind is busy dealing with matters of state, plus seeing the machinations of China and Russia. Russia isn’t much compared to China, but the two nations, China and Russia, are like two vultures, hoping to see an opening to an advantage either (or both) can utilize to cause Americans, including all of us and our President, to falter and drive our nation right to Communism in its present bogus form of Socialism. They are playing the millennnials of our country just as the uninformed, disturbed, children they are. They have been in the hands of school teachers to professors whose primary missions were indoctrination to what was explained to them as Socialism, which at a later time they’ll discover they’ve been duped.indoctrinated a la Marxism.straight into Communism.
    American youngsters who have volunteered service in U.S. military branches are likely to be the only ones whose patriotism will always come first.The rest of that generation will wander and await the Socialists in government to show the millennials “the way”. Yes, “the way” to wander what the deep state has in store for their misguided minds.

    30 August 2019 at 2:37 am
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    Buying Greenland would be a coup for the united states,the place is full of precious metals and other valuble resourses,that we need for everything else,hell i’ll even chip in.We could keep russia at bay and the chinese in
    in check from furthering thier global ambitions.You go Mr. president,see ya back around in 2020.

  • mrsgunnut10
    30 August 2019 at 2:38 am
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    I’ve received and read Articles where Russia has said they claimed ” Part ” of the Artic Region already. Wonder what part they will try to ” TAKE ” now?????? TSgt., USAF Vietnam Vet., & USAF Systems Analyst , Retired.

  • Mike
    30 August 2019 at 3:30 am
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    Can any decent American with all of his marbles in place ever consider that any of the current Dem. presidential hopeful flakes, full of bluster, being able to handle today’s world problems or stand up to Europe, Russia, China, N. Korea! These incompetent, empty suits could not handle anything challenging in today’s world! If any of these ever got elected it would be a guaranty downward spiral of US dominance with the dollar being dethroned and causing havoc for US and it’s citizens, the end of America!!

  • Lois Dodd
    30 August 2019 at 5:11 am
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    The American people need to understand that the Russians and Chinese are Always “up to ” something. Most believe that just because there has been rhetoric instead of war, no
    Death and dying that suddenly they are good neighbors ; that they only wish us well. They don’t today and likely never will. Wake up America and remember the Cold War, the stories about spies that made an effort to get out of their country and away from their government. They died on the streets of London or whatever city they felt safe in. They died for no longer believing. If these governments kill their own for that then why believe they only want good things and friendship for us ? Think about America First . Help make America Great Again !

  • Red
    30 August 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    I don’t know if it’s possible first serious about buying Greenland but if it is possible that is a great strategic option for the United States and it should be pursued

  • Terry Fon
    30 August 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Mr. President stay the course, you have a good heading.🙏🇺🇸🙏👏

  • walter FLATT
    30 August 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    • Stan Lee
      1 September 2019 at 4:03 pm
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      During WW2, we had U.S. Navy, Air Forces, Army, and Coast Guard stationed in Greenland. While it was known as a territory of Denmark, it could never have been defended by Denmark against NAZI forces, plus Denmark was also then occupied by German military forces,which were naval surface forces, submarine forces, German Army forces, and Air Forces who could bomb Britain, Brit navy in Scotland, and German bomber forces which could spot Allied shipping meant to supply USSR with all types of war material plus food. Therefore, Greenland was crucial to the Allies. Post WW2: First Soviet Union sought to develop energy sources in/around Greenland, and China became the second adversarial Communist military power to consider Greenland as militarily strategic. The adjacent sea lanes offered by Greenland’s proximity to the N.Pole is also attractive to the two Communist powers who are in process of increasing their respective naval powers.
      I think Trump was “baiting” USSR (Russia) and China to see their reactions. He’s not taking blind shots at either one of the Commie powers. It would behoove us to be in deep discussion with Denmark.

  • Rigoberto Rojas
    30 August 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Mr. President Trump wins

  • Fighter for freedom
    31 August 2019 at 1:14 am
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    The national interest Is rare earth elements like lanthanum , gallium and neodymium which is necessary for many defense devices which provide situational awareness, communications, etc. Processing of said is toxic so better we get them than russia or China as proven by russias recent nuclear accident at their missile site and try getting a clean glass of water in Shanghai or a fresh breath of air

  • jim a huneycutt
    31 August 2019 at 3:12 am
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    why buy greenland the world book encylopedia shows the staute of liberty under water by the year 2060 .the ice is melting remmber.if the problem is not fixed.which is an easy fix. JAH.

  • jim a huneycutt
    31 August 2019 at 3:16 am
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    problem solved.jah.

  • Leo Perez
    31 August 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    Lets make a Deal and Buy IT, it will be the Best Deal of the Century, Rusia and China will want to be Best of Buddys to the US, go Trump !.

  • Frank Norton
    31 August 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    During the 16th and 17 th centuries before the little ice age set in, Greenland was home base of the Vikings. When the green vallies and orchards became covered with ice, the Vikings moved and settled in Europe. In 2020, the next ice age will begin settling in and Greenland will again be covered by ice over the following some 50 years.

    Let us see if Greenland becomes covered with green again or with ice. Let the three countries bid for ownership of Greenland, and see who is right. Only the sun knows what it will do !

  • David Toler
    4 September 2019 at 12:50 am
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    Getting China and Russia to look up is exactly what I figgered was the intent of the “Greenland Thing” the first time I’d heard of it.

  • Maurice
    26 November 2019 at 3:19 am
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    Dear Americans, Trump is not the only one under attack,AMERICA is under attack!A 3 headed monster,China,Russia and Islam is waging war to destroy democracy globally. God save us from any of the current democratic candidates. If any of these gets elected it will be the end of the USA. .Maurice

  • Tricia Hunter
    24 January 2020 at 12:34 pm
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    In response to the man assaulted for wearing the MAGA hat. Sorry that happened to you. I am a 77 you female who carries a legal knife,almost a switch blade and wear a heavy chain that oses with a magnet. Both are weapons and I would not hesitate to use either. I look like an easy target. I am not. Don’t allow yourself to be one again my friend

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