The U.S. is deploying a $1 billion defensive missile system to protect South Korea and President Trump wants the Koreans to pay for it according to an article in The Washington Times.
South Korea responded by saying that Seoul paying for its own defense was an “impossible option,” according to an article in Reuters.
The South Korean Defense Ministry restated its position that the U.S. should pay for the cost of the THAAD missile system, which is being installed to protect South Korea from a possible missile attack from North Korea.
To many Americans, including the President, it makes little sense why America, which suffers a $17 billion trade deficit with South Korea, should be paying for South Korea’s defense.
Why should we pay for it?” Mr. Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times. “It’s a phenomenal protective system, best in the world by far, and that’s meant to protect South Korea. So I respectfully say that I think it would be appropriate if they paid for it.
The President has also stated that he will either renegotiate or terminate the horrible trade deal with South Korea that favors Koreans companies over the interest of U.S. businesses.