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FACT CHECK: Did Harry Truman Really Try To Buy Greenland Back In The Day?

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’s acknowledgment that he really has been talking about the United States buying Greenland — and that he was offended when Denmark’s prime minister called the idea “absurd” — were the jaw-dropping coda from an Aug. 16 report in The Wall Street Journal.


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