Yoon Marks 1 Month in Office

      June 10, 2022 12:09

      President Yoon Suk-yeol marked his first full month in office on Friday. Speaking to reporters on his way to the presidential office in Yongsan the previous day, Yoon said, "I don't usually have particular feelings when it comes to my first month or first year in a job. I just need to work hard because so many urgent matters need to be addressed."

      Since he was inaugurated on May 10, Yoon has behaved atypically for a president, talking to reporters on his way to work and going to workaday restaurants with his staff.

      Yoon is also the first Korean president to live outside the presidential palace of Cheong Wa Dae and be driven to his new downtown office from his home in southern Seoul. This will continue when he moves to the new presidential residence in Hanam-dong next month.

      He has also been spotted out with his wife Kim Keon-hee buying shoes in a department store and eating snacks in a market.

      President Yoon Suk-yeol (center) answers questions from reporters at the presidential office in Yongsan, Seoul on Friday, marking his first month in office. /News1

      Thursday's was his 12th impromptu conversation with reporters since his inauguration. In the past, presidential meetings with reporters were rare formal events that happened not much more than once a year. Now they are taking place almost every day unless there is urgent other business.

      Yoon does not hesitate to comment on sensitive issues like criticism over his appointments of senior prosecutors to high-ranking government posts. When he was campaigning for the presidency, Yoon said, "I won't eat alone and will not hide from the public" -- a veiled reference to his predecessors Park Geun-hye, who notoriously hid in the bowels of the presidential palace from all but her closest confidants, or Moon Jae-in who only held an annual press conference.

      Yoon likes to eat out with officials. Last month, he also offered to have a meal and drinks with opposition lawmakers and promised to invite journalists to the presidential office's cafeteria once it is completed or even cook for them. Yoon once said he is serious about cooking and has cooked for his wife over the decade they have been married.

      His major accomplishments so far have been a successful summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and financial support to businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic by executing the biggest-ever supplementary budget. But he faces the daunting task of taming soaring inflation, responding to an impending North Korean nuclear test and gaining the cooperation of opposition lawmakers who dominate the National Assembly.

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