Former President Donald Trump on Friday slammed South Korean President Moon Jae-after Moon for saying he “failed” in his nuclear disarmament talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
The South Korean president told The New York Times this week that Trump, who met three times with Kim, “beat around the bush and failed to pull it through.”
Trump shot back that Moon was “weak” and ungrateful for his work to pacify Kim.
“Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who I have gotten to know (and like) under the most trying of circumstances, never respected the current President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
“I was always the one who stopped the aggression toward the South, but unfortunately for them, I am no longer there. President Moon was weak as a leader and as a negotiator, except when it came to the continued, long term military ripoff of the USA (as is the case with many other countries we protect!).”
Last month, South Korea agreed to increase payments to the US for stationing 28,500 troops in the country. South Korea will pay the US government $1 billion in 2021, a 13.9 percent increase over 2020.
Trump campaigned throughout his presidency for increased cost sharing by South Korea and other countries where US troops contribute to regional security.
“We were treated like fools for decades, however, I got them to pay billions of dollars more for the military protection and services we render,” Trump continued.
“The Biden Administration is not even going to ask for the additional billions South Korea agreed to pay us. All the USA now wants is a simple cost of living increase of 1% on the money I raised from them. The South Koreans are laughing all the way to the bank.”
Trump concluded, appearing to refer to 2018 revisions to a South Korea trade deal: “Fortunately, before leaving office, I was able to make a new and FAR BETTER Trade Deal than what was in place. The deal will lead to billions of dollars in profits for the Great Farmers and Manufacturers of our Country!”