(April 30) Trump is now showing not how the US can make friends and influence people but how to alienate its South Korean friends. Trump is asking South Korea to pay the $1 billion cost of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
|For good measure Trump is questioning the trade deal between the two countries. In an interview with Reuters Trump said: "I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they pay. That's a billion dollar system." The system is supposed to protect South Korea against an attack from the North. However, Russia and China both have objected to the system complaining that it could be directed against them and enable the US to have a first strike capacity in attacking either of them. There are also tensions within South Korea with many protesting the deployment system as shown on the appended video.|