Memoir: Trump Called S. Korea 'Major Abuser'

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      Judi Lynn
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      Write: 2019-10-30 08:33:59/Update: 2019-10-30 09:06:51

      U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly called South Korea a “major abuser” and claimed the U.S. ally should pay 60 billion dollars a year for the stationing of American troops in the country.

      Guy Snodgrass, former chief speechwriter and communications director for former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, made the claim in his memoir “Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis,” published on Tuesday.

      Snodgrass recounts two meetings between Trump and his national security team at the Pentagon in July 2017 and January 2018 where the U.S. president repeatedly questioned the value of stationing U.S. troops overseas.

      Snodgrass writes that Trump asked top officials, including then-Defense Secretary Mattis and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whether troops could be withdrawn from countries such as South Korea, Japan and Germany.

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      abuser of what?

      “the U.S. president repeatedly questioned the value of stationing U.S. troops overseas.”

      except to protect stolen oil in syria, of course


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      Spud Demon
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      Welcome to the Peacekeepers Mercenary Service, a division of the US military, soon to be outsourced to Trump, inc.

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      Col. David Maxwell, USA Ret., opinion on this subject re: last year’s military cost sharing negotiations:

      ..Trump seems not to recognize that the ROK makes significant contributions to its own defense. In 2017, 2.7 percent of its GDP went to defense — a higher percentage than any member of NATO except the U.S. Furthermore, the ROK’s 2018 defense budget increased by 9.9 pecent, or $40 billion, the largest in history. It has an active force of 625,000 troops with 28,000 Americans stationed in South Korea. Under the current SMA, the ROK covers half of the roughly $1.6 billion basing cost for American troops, but according to reports, Trump wants Seoul to pay 100 percent.

      Yet South Korea already covers more than just annual basing costs. The recently expanded Camp Humphreys is now the largest U.S. military base outside of the continental U.S. It cost some $10.7 billion and the ROK provided 90 percent of the funds. The ROK government also agreed to a renegotiated Korea-U.S Free Trade Agreement, in response to pressure from Trump. Finally, from 2012 through 2016 the ROK purchased $19.8 billion in U.S. military equipment through Foreign Military Sales and Direct Commercial Sales.

      It’s ironic that Trump uses that word “abuser.” The 5 billion dollar US demand is abuse as well. Additionally, not considered are the cost to South Korea of the transfer of some 26 former US military bases back to the host nation including untold billions in cleanup expenses for environmental damages, and claims based upon pollution and damage to surrounding communities and individuals. The US has been stonewalling cleanup costs in an attempt to foist them on South Korea with zero accountability.

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