In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, icebergs are photographed from the window of an airplane carrying NASA Scientists as they fly on a mission to track melting ice in eastern Greenland. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Aiming to put his mark on the world map, U.S. President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.
A Trump ally told The Associated Press on Thursday that the president had discussed the purchase but was not serious about it. The ally spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Still, it wouldn't be the first time an American leader tried to buy the world's largest island, an autonomous territory of Denmark.
In 1946, the U.S. proposed to pay Denmark US$100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.
Neither the White House nor Denmark immediately commented Thursday.
The story was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.