Trump still pushing to buy Greenland, even though its leaders have said it's not for sale

Icebergs floating at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord loom behind the town center on July 30, 2019 in Ilulissat, Greenland. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump says the idea of buying Greenland from Denmark came up in conversations within his administration and that it's essentially "a large real estate deal."

The semi-autonomous territory of Denmark has said it's not for sale.

In remarks to reporters Sunday, Trump cast the possible purchase as a strategic move by the U.S. but not a top priority for his administration.

Greenland is situated between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The U.S. military has operated for decades from Thule Air Base in Greenland.

Trump suggested that Greenland is an economic burden for Denmark, saying Denmark loses almost $700 million a year "carrying it." He also described Denmark as a very good ally and a country that the U.S. protects as it does other portions of the world.