Trump is bidding with Seoul on the cost of American protection

Donald Trump rejected South Korea’s proposal to increase payments for American military support. He’s waiting for more.

U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected South Korea’s proposal to increase the amount it contributes to the U.S. military contingent, calling it insufficient. He said so in Washington on Monday, April 20.

“We demand more contributions for our work,” Trump said, noting that the situation in which the U.S. provides security to South Korea, while the country itself is very rich, is “unfair. Trump said he maintains a good relationship with Seoul, but South Korea “should pay more.

The Republic of Korea has 28500 U.S. troops deployed in case of a military threat from DPRK. Seoul repeatedly reported on North Korea’s ballistic missile launches in the Sea of Japan in 2020.

According to Trump, Seoul is currently paying the US about $1 billion a year. In November 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense reported that Washington is seeking a five-fold increase in this amount.