Japan-based sailors and Marines listen to President Donald Trump speak aboard the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan, May 28, 2019. DAVID GLOTZBACH/U.S. NAVY
Japan-based sailors and Marines listen to President Donald Trump speak aboard the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan, May 28, 2019. DAVID GLOTZBACH/U.S. NAVY

At NATO summit, Trump says Japan and South Korea should pay more for US troops

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

Japan and South Korea can and should pay more to host U.S. forces, President Donald Trump told reporters alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday in London.

Trump, in a video of the press conference posted online by Euronews, said he had recently persuaded South Korea to up its annual contribution to the cost of stationing U.S. troops on the peninsula from just under $500 million to nearly $1 billion and that he wants to increase that figure.

“We do a great job. We have 32,000 soldiers there,” said Trump, who added he thinks it’s fair for Seoul to pay “substantially more.”

“In some cases, you have countries that need help that don’t have money … and there’s trauma … and that’s a different situation,” he said.

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