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Trump hikes price of US military presence in South Korea by 500%

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by essentialsaltes, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper landed in South Korea on Thursday to navigate renewed threats from an "enraged" North Korea and newly heightened strain in the alliance with Seoul that congressional aides, lawmakers and Korea experts say has been caused by President Donald Trump.

    Trump is demanding that South Korea pay roughly 500% 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.

    Well, at least Trump solved the North Korea problem, so there's no need for US forces to be there. Oh wait.
     
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  2. Aryeh Jay

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    I can see where the President is coming from; he prefers wars that were won.
     
  3. SarahsKnight

    SarahsKnight Jesus Christ is this Knight's truth. Supporter

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    Does Trump actually have the power to do something like this? ... If so, it is absolutely shameful that he is.
     
  4. cow451

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    Korea was a tie, Comrade.
     
  5. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Link
     
  6. Aryeh Jay

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    Only Losers win ties
     
  7. cow451

    cow451 The Most Interesting Poster in the Forum Supporter

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    Especially red ones.
     
  8. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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  9. camille70

    camille70 Newbie Supporter

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    I just posted a thread about this. I thi nk that Yahoo link is missing info, it says to scroll but there is only one paragraph.

    Try this link: China signs defence agreement with South Korea as US angers Seoul with demand for $5bn troop payment - NB News

    Of course it's basically one paragraph also, as there are no breaks for formatting.
     
  10. whatbogsends

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    Trump continues to align himself with dictators and alienate our traditional allies.
     
  11. Aryeh Jay

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    Good for China! let them absorb some of the cost of keeping South Korea free and safe from invasion from the Communists from the North.
     
  12. cow451

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    Yes, our Comrades from China are getting what they couldn’t get on the battlefield! Glorious Day! Today South Korea, then Hong Kong!
     
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