WASHINGTON, U.S. President Donald Trump took out his anger on South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pummeled the trade and security relationship between the allies, according to a book released Tuesday.
Trump and Moon spoke by phone on Jan. 19, one day before the U.S. president marked his first year in office.
In that conversation, Trump told his South Korean counterpart that he wanted to send a letter terminating the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, and demanded payment for the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system to South Korea, according to journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."
"You guys are ripping us off," Trump was quoted as telling Moon. "I'm done just giving you guys free money!"
Not only did Trump dislike Moon, he had an obsession with the US$18 billion trade deficit the U.S. had with South Korea and the $3.5 billion cost of stationing 28,500 troops in the allied nation, Woodward wrote.
Source: Yonhap News Agency