The United States President Donald Trump targeted its old allies Japan and South Korea for nor helping US and for not paying enough for the military protection that it provides and said that US is going to help the other countries but not the wealthy countries.
Trump told supporters during a rally, “We’re going to help other countries. But we can’t have wealthy, wealthy countries where we take care of their military and we’re not reimbursed, or we’re reimbursed for a tiny fraction. Can’t have that. These are wealthy countries. I’ve gone to some of them. I don’t know if I should give you names. Who cares? There are plenty of them”.
He said, “Japan is an immensely wealthy nation. They send millions and millions of cars to the United States, and they also build them in the United States. I like them better, by the way. I think they’re much nicer”.
Trump criticized Japan for not helping US and for not paying for the military protection, against North Korean threat, that US is providing. He said, “But I said to Prime Minister Abe, I said, look, we’re taking care of your military. We help you a lot with North Korea. They’re not sending missiles over Japan. I did that. You’re only paying for a percentage of your military. We’re doing the rest. You’ve got to really help us out. It’s not fair”.
He added, “And he (Abe) looked at me, and he didn’t say anything. I said, has anyone ever asked you to do this before? He goes, no”.
Trump said that South Korea is a wealthy country and it is making the fortune because of the US help. He said that 32,000 US soldiers are stationed in South Korea and demanded that South has to pay for it.
He said, “We have the best people in the world, the best trained — we have a missile system that costs USD 1 billion. We shoot the missiles down. That’s great. South Korea’s very wealthy … They make your Samsung, your LG, they make your ships, they make everything — they’re making a fortune because of us”.