November 29, 2023

Trump suggests South Korea should assume full cost of joint defense with the U.S.

Officials directed to “ask for the rest” of the money, President tells rally Wednesday

Following months of similar comments demanding South Korea contribute more money to the U.S.-ROK defense alliance on the peninsula, President Donald Trump on Wednesday went a step further, implying that the South should pay the entire cost.

Speaking at a political rally in Florida, Trump told the audience the U.S. pays for the defense of “one country – I won't say the country – but one country we spend a lot of money on, defending, very dangerous territory.”