Executive Intelligence Review

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


Trump: We are Ending our Provocative and Expensive War Games in Korea

June 12, 2018 (EIRNS)—President Trump announced during his press conference in Singapore that he is ending all military exercises in South Korea as long as negotiations are proceeding, calling them both “provocative” and hugely expensive.

“I used to say this during my campaign..., I want to get our soldiers out. I want to bring our soldiers back home. We have 32,000 soldiers in South Korea. I would like to be able to bring them back home. That’s not part of the equation. At some point, I hope it would be.”

But then he continued: “We will stop the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money.... Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”

He particularly pointed to the B-52’s flown in from Guam, at great expense, to

“drop bombs all over the place and go back to Guam.... Under the circumstances that we are negotiating a comprehensive and complete deal, it is inappropriate to have war games. Number one, we save money—a lot. And number two, it really is something that I think they very much appreciate.”

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