Trump Keeps Harping on About USFK Upkeep Costs

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    April 29, 2019 10:59

    U.S. President Donald Trump has again said that he wants South Korea to pay more for the upkeep of U.S. forces here despite striking a new deal only a few months ago.

    Speaking at a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday after playing golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he told supporters, "There's one country" where the U.S. is spending US$5 billion, he claimed. "I won't say it. I don't want to embarrass anybody."

    He claimed the U.S. is spending $5 billion and South Korea $500 million, and the U.S. is losing $4.5 billion in defense costs.

    "We lose four and a half billion for the privilege of defending a country. That's very tough on us on trade and various other things. So I called, I said 'Listen, no good,'" he said. "We can't do this anymore..." He added, "It took me one call. Now I'm not bragging, I hate the deal."

    Trump has made the claim before but was lying in every word. Seoul's share last year was W960.2 billion or approximately $860 million, and after months of negotiations it agreed to pay W1.04 trillion this year, up 8.2 percent (US$1=W1,161).

    Washington and Seoul split the cost roughly 50/50.

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