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November 15, 2019

Trump hikes price tag for US forces in Korea almost 400% as Seoul questions alliance

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:05

Who the hell is tRump working for?   He admires the North Korean Dear Leader and wants to be like him here in our country.   Pulling US troops helps North Korea, China, and Russia but hurts the South Korea, Japan, and the US!   So why is he doing it?   Bastard!   Hugs

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/14/politics/trump-south-korea-troops-price-hike/index.html

Trump is demanding that South Korea pay roughly 400% more in 2020 to cover the cost of keeping US troops on the peninsula, a congressional aide and an administration official confirmed to CNN.
The price hike has frustrated Pentagon officials and deeply concerned Republican and Democratic lawmakers, according to military officials and congressional aides. It has angered and unnerved Seoul, where leaders are questioning US commitment to their alliance and wondering whether Trump will pull US forces if they don’t pay up.
“Nothing says I love you like a shakedown,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at MIT who follows the Korean peninsula, summarizing South Korean uncertainty about the US.
In the US, congressional aides and Korea experts familiar with the talks say the President’s $4.7 billion demand came out of thin air, sending State and Defense Department officials scrambling to justify the number with a slew of new charges that may include Seoul paying some costs for US personnel present on the peninsula and for troops and equipment that rotate through.
The US-South Korea cost sharing agreement has been in place for decades and, until Trump, was renegotiated every five years. During the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump declared that he would pull US troops from the peninsula if he didn’t get 100% compensation for their presence.
Last year, when the Special Measures Agreement came up for negotiation, Trump asked for a 50% increase from Seoul. Ultimately, the two sides agreed South Korea would pay 8% over the prior year’s cost, but that the agreement would be renegotiated yearly.
This year, Trump raised the asking price from approximately $1 billion to $5 billion before being convinced by officials at the State Department and Pentagon to winnow that down to $4.7 billion, according to a congressional aide and the administration official.

2 Comments »

  1. His focus has ALWAYS been on M.O.N.E.Y. From the day he sat down in the Oval Office chair, he’s mumbled and grumbled that the U.S. is “supporting” everyone else and they need to cough up more dough. As has been said so MANY times before, he has NO CLUE on running a COUNTRY. All he knows is how to run a business … and he’s pretty piss-poor at doing that.

    IMO, he’s turned over all the other official duties a POTUS generally has to his “appointed” flunkies. And then he simply says yay or nay to whatever they present … based totally on what they share with him since he’s far too busy tweeting and watching TV to know what’s really going on in this country.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Nan — November 15, 2019 @ 11:34

    • Hello Nan. I agree. He seems to have a hard on for US money going to anything other than his own pocket or to the pockets of his supporters and wealthy donors. He is not only totally clueless he has no empathy and no concern for anything that doesn’t directly benefit himself. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — November 15, 2019 @ 11:43


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