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Trump Talks Trade & Tyrants With New South Korean President

by Countable | 6.30.17

President Donald Trump hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in this week, holding discussions over a new free trade agreement between the two allies and the nuclear "menace" of North Korea.

In a joint press conference from the White House’s Rose Garden, Trump reiterated that he's bringing an end to the Obama administration’s policy of "strategic patience" towards North Korea:

"The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed, many years that’s failed, and, frankly, that patience is over.”

That tough talk follows news that the Dept. of Defense has updated the military options. Those would be presented to the president if North Korea conducts a nuclear or ballistic missile test that shows the regime is progressing toward developing a weapon capable of reaching the U.S.

There are about 28,500 American military personnel stationed in South Korea, and the U.S. deployment of a missile defense system to the region has proven controversial, with President Moon delaying its full activation so that the country can carry out an environmental review.

Trump also called for the renegotiation of a trade agreement with South Korea that took effect in 2012, which has led the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea to grow from $13.2 billion in 2011 to $27.7 billion last year. Moon expressed a willingness to eliminate unfair trade practices and make other domestic reforms to increase competition during a speech at the Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, moves that would make renegotiation of the trade deal easier.

This won’t be the last bilateral meeting between Trump and Moon, with the South Korean president having extended an invitation to Trump and his wife, Melania, to visit South Korea later this year which was "graciously accepted."

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— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Ken Scar / Creative Commons)

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  • Robert
    06/30/2017
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    Encourage TRUMP to follow South Korea's lead and use diplomacy rather than military intervention. Exercise moral courage and restraint. Don't invent reasons to involve us in another war. They are not a threat to us.

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  • Cindylen
    06/30/2017
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    Donald trump terrifies me as it relates to foreign policy, negotiations, and diplomacy. He demonstrates that he has no understanding of these things. He doesn't seem to have advisors who understand diplomacy and even when to engage in war. He is going to get on the wrong side of our enemies all the while turning our friends away from us. Never, ever say that he is just learning the ropes. He is unfit for this job and he does nothing to educate himself.

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  • Ticktock
    06/30/2017
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    At what point does Trump's saber rattling loose any meaning what so ever, after he threatens Iran, N. Korea, Syria or any of the other countries, groups or people he constantly running on about. Our country has been in military conflict for so long that continual warfare is degrading our preparedness not to mention depleting our military resources. The conflicts that we are now involved in are nothing compared to the consequences that we would face if we attack either Iran, Syria or N. Korea. We would not only immediately start a war either of those countries but possibly start WWIII due to the weapons that would be brought into play but also everyone's allies as well. If we had a more responsible President and Congress maybe a solution could be found but I wouldn't trust this combination of people to solve a cross word puzzle much less issues of this complexity.

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  • Meg
    06/30/2017
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    I'd love to out our corrupt President like South Korea did.

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  • Luke
    06/30/2017
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    Please continue to encourage the current administration to meet with foreign officials regarding issues before action. America should form some sort of coalition with Asian/Oceanic nations to address the region's ever rising threat of North Korea.

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  • Marie
    06/30/2017
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    Odd that Trump is talking with South Korea about tyrants! We need to impeach Trump, one of Americans biggest tyrants , and while we're at it let's oust Pence, Spicer, Bannon and a few others before they all destroy democracy in our country!!!

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  • Lisa
    07/01/2017
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    Trump is so jealous of PRESIDENT OBAMA! It's sad to put their names in the same sentence. PRESIDENT OBAMA is so much more of a man, he's a gentleman, kindhearted and very smart, I miss PRESIDENT OBAMA so much!

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  • Deirdre
    06/30/2017
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    Trump is like a little boy with new toys. And that is pretty scary. Diplomacy and sanctions and other means need to be done. Violence only makes more violence. Everyone on this planet will suffer.

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  • Robert
    06/30/2017
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    Tell Trump military strikes against North Korea are not an option!

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  • Carole
    06/30/2017
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    North Korea is a threat but we need to do everything possible to avoid this war. I feel bad for any action that war would bring for South Korea and our troops. The leaders of North Korea and our current president scare me. Diplomacy should be 1st and we need to consider the people of South Korea and our troops before we star WW3

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  • Patricia
    07/01/2017
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    Trump can't be trusted to talk to foreign heads of state anymore . The behind closed doors is not the American way . He is incompetent to be President .

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  • Dorothy
    06/30/2017
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    Quit normalizing Donald Trump. Quit pretending he is actually having an intelligent conversation with any world leader.

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  • Tambi
    06/30/2017
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    So Trump is "talking tyrants"? I guess that means the main topic of conversation will be himself....

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  • Wallace
    07/01/2017
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    I have no words except that I hope the North Korean problem has a peaceful resolution!!

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  • David
    07/01/2017
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    Needless to say, we all know Trump is stumbling into foreign negotiations with no understanding of the implications and history with South Korea, one of America's most strategic allies. Oppose any hardline military tactics. This immediately endangers the citizens of South Korea.

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  • Ochoninja
    06/30/2017
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    He needs to work with staff who understand the ramifications of decisions rather than make impulsive decisions without bring aware of all the ramifications of what is involved. He is no longer CEO of a business snd his decisions affect so much that he is totally ignorant or unaware of. He needs to understand that cabinet members are chosen to be aware of specifics of what their office stands for. He is NOT the smartest about everything and does not know more than anyone but makes grandiose statements showing his ignorance He alienates anyone who disagrees with him and is too insecure to listen to others and resorts to insulting them. With his childish behavior he is alienating US from our allies. He tends to support dictators and leaders who mistreat their people. He needs to be investigated for conflict of interest, nepotism, making money from his properties from foreigners etc

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  • NoHedges
    07/01/2017
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    Could Pence host the talks? What if Trump goes ballistic, literally and figuratively? Trump doesn't have the best track record.

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  • Lawrence
    07/01/2017
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    President need to fill all appointments to the State Department, now!

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  • Robert
    06/30/2017
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    Donald Trump should not be speaking for the United States of America. He was right the election was rigged how else could we have somebody so incompetent as the president of the United States. It's time to tell him he's fired. He should not have the capability to drag this country into another war. The division in this country created by politicians has to be similar to the division of the country before the Civil War.

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  • Susan
    06/30/2017
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    Oh goody, it's another opportunity to embarrass us and our country while China is in the background ready to fill the leadership void Trump had created.

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