Think Tank Corrects Trump's View of USFK Cost

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    November 18, 2016 13:42

    The rightwing Heritage Foundation, which backs U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, in a report Wednesday pointed out that Korea provides "substantial resources" for the upkeep of U.S. soldiers here.

    The think tank's former president Edwin Feulner as well as staff back the surprise winner of the U.S. election, who on the stump portrayed Korea as a freeloader on American security spending.

    But the Heritage Foundation in the report says the Korean government "provides substantial resources to defray the costs of U.S. Forces Korea. It provides some US$900 million annually in either direct funding or in-kind support, covering cost-sharing for labor, logistics, and improvements in facilities."

    It added Japan also provides "some $2 billion annually to support the cost of USFJ."

    Trump, whose grip on the facts is not always secure, has accused to two countries of contributing "peanuts."

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