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Pentagon underscores strong US relationship with Greenland

Pentagon underscores strong US relationship with Greenland
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The Pentagon sought to underscore the existing defense relationship between the U.S. and Greenland amid reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE has inquired about purchasing the Danish territory.

A Department of Defense (DOD) spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News that its “long-standing defense relationship” with Denmark, which includes an air base in Thule, Greenland, “has not changed.”

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“The Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom (GIUK) gap is a strategic corridor for naval operations in the North Atlantic, and we work closely with our NATO allies to maintain the transatlantic link,” the spokesperson said. 

DOD did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Reports first surfaced Thursday that Trump has privately asked aides about the possibility of buying Greenland, an autonomous territory, from Denmark.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump listened intently when advisers discussed the island’s resources and geopolitical importance and that he asked his White House counsel to look into the prospect of a purchase. 

The Greenland Ministry of Foreign Affairs fired back at the reports Friday, saying it is “not for sale.”

“We have a good cooperation with USA, and we see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer,” a Greenland government spokesperson added to ABC News. “Of course, Greenland is not for sale. Because of the unofficial nature of the news, the Government of Greenland has no further comments” 

Trump is scheduled to travel to Copenhagen next month and will participate in a series of bilateral meetings and will meet with business leaders.