President Trump made the case early on that countries that benefit from an American military presence should do more to help the bill. And it is happening.
The US and South Korea have reached a preliminary agreement on the cost of keeping nearly 30,000 troops in South Korea, two State Department officials said, alleviating fears among President Donald Trump’s advisers that he could move to withdraw US troops during his upcoming summit with North Korea’s leader.
Under the revised Special Measures Agreement, South Korea would boost its financial contribution to nearly $1 billion, according to a State Department official and South Korean media. That’s an increase on the about $800 million South Korea had been paying per year during the previous five-year commitment.
The agreement isn’t final, but it is a start. And it’s one more data point showing how President Trump’s negotiating tactics are producing results.