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WASHINGTON – Greenland has ignited controversy over the past week as President Donald Trump called Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen "nasty" over her response to Trump's "absurd" proposal to buy the island from Denmark, and Trump canceled a planned state visit over her refusal to sell the island.
Now, however, it seems that Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was actually one of the first people to raise the issue.
Talk Business & Politics, an Arkansas business news website, reports that Cotton had proposed the idea to Trump and met with the Danish ambassador about the possibility of a sale.
Speaking on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., at the Talk Business & Politics Power Lunch, Cotton responded to a question about Trump's comments on Greenland by saying a purchase of the semi-autonomous Danish territory was "Obviously, the right decision for this country."
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"You’re joking, but I can reveal to you that several months ago, I met with the Danish ambassador and I proposed that they sell Greenland to us," The outlet reported Cotton said in response to a question from the moderator.
Politico's Eliana Johnson reported in Politico on Wednesday that the conversation between Danish Ambassador Lars Gert Lose and Cotton had taken place in August 2018.
"I told the president you should buy it as well," Cotton said. He noted later in the talk that Trump had "heard that from me and from some other people as well."
Cotton added that buying Greenland had "economic potential" and could be "vital to our national security."
"Anyone who can’t see that is blinded by Trump derangement," he said.
Trump's proposal to buy Greenland has caused a diplomatic disagreement between the U.S. and Denmark.
Trump had originally planned to visit Denmark on Sept. 2 and 3 during a planned trip to Europe but wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening, he would be "postponing" their meeting because of "Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland."
Frederiksen has called the proposal "absurd" and noted that a sale of Greenland "has clearly been rejected."