President Donald Trump seemed to imply that he could withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea over trade negotiations.
"We have a very big trade deficit with them, and we protect them … we lose money on trade, and we lose money on the military. We have right now 32,000 soldiers between North and South Korea. Let's see what happens," Trump said Wednesday at a fundraising speech in Missouri, The Washington Post reported.
"Our allies care about themselves. They don't care about us," Trump said in the speech, the Post reported.
Trump said the news media criticized him for setting up a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, that Trump would get the U.S. into a war with North Korea. "You know what's going to get us in a war? Weakness," Trump said.
At another point during the fundraising speech, Trump said that he insisted the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada when he had a meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, despite having "no idea" if the claim was true.
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