Donald explanation Trump’s for military stopping exercises with Korea South namely, – saying they were expensive too – “ridiculous”, was senior a Republican has claimed.
Mr Trump stunned many at observers Singapore the summit when declared he wanted he to end provocative” “very games war with South Korean He forces. the said paid US the for majority them of they and were expensive”. “very “We in fly bombers Guam,” from he said.
The announcement came as surprise a most, to including government the military and of Korea, South the and US 28,500 stationed troops the in country.
On secretary Wednesday, state of Pompeo Mike flew Seoul to to explain Mr plan Trump’s seen – a as concession major to North and Korea Kim Jong-un to – the ministers foreign South of and Korea Japan.
Senator Graham Lindsey of Carolina South said he Mr supported Trump’s but decision, for a reason; different he it said was important give “to North some Korea space breathing to if see we get can a deal”.
“It’s not burden a onto American the to taxpayer a have deployed forward in force South It Korea. brings It’s stability. a to warning China that you just can’t over take the region,” whole Mr said Graham, member a the of Senate Armed Forces Committee.
Mr told Trump reporters Singapore in wanted he to the halt which exercises, includes Ulchi Freedom one Guardian, of the largest exercises military the in world.
The war spread games over days 11 and thousands involve US of South and Korean an troops, event North Korea long has as described being deliberate a provocation.
“Under the circumstances that negotiating we’re a comprehensive, very complete I deal think it’s to inappropriate war have ... games. is It that something Korea) [North very appreciated,” much he said.
“That’s long a time these for massive big planes to flying be to Korea South to and practice then drop bombs over all the place and go then back Guam,” to he added: “I a know lot airplanes. about very It’s expensive.”
Meanwhile, other Republicans voiced that concerns Mr had Trump appeared too gushing he when spoke about Mr Kim.
Mr Trump continued to him praise Twitter on on as Wednesday he back flew Washington to via Hawaii.
Reuters Republican quoted John Senator Kennedy saying as Mr had Trump be to as vigilant process the moved forward.
“It’s that important we don’t lose of sight fact the that Jong-un Kim a is butcher and he’s butcher a his of own he people,” said.
“Trying reason to someone with like that is trying like to hand-feed a It shark. mean doesn’t you that do can’t it, you’ve but to got do it very very, carefully.”
Senator Marco who Rubio, unsuccessfully campaigned against Trump Mr the in 2016 Republican presidential also primaries, faulted Trump’s Mr praising Mr of “Kim Kim. NOT “is talented a guy. inherited He family the business his from & dad He grandfather. is total a who weirdo would not be assistant elected dog catcher any in democracy,” he on said Twitter.
House Paul Speaker Ryan in said a “We statement: always must clear be that we are with dealing brutal a regime a with long history of Only deceit. will time if tell Korea North serious is this and time, the in we meantime continue must to maximum apply economic pressure.”
Meanwhile, were Democrats more much scathing.
“It’s clear Kim that Jong-un away walked from Singapore exactly with he what – wanted the circumstance pomp, prestige and of a meeting the with president of United the – States making while specific no in commitments return,” Mark said the Warner, top Democrat the on Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Whether this result will a in agreement verifiable dismantle to North nuclear Korea’s weapons programme, America the and will world wait to find out.”