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President Biden Touts Economics and Security During Visit to South Korea

President Biden Touts Economics and Security During Visit to South Korea

President Joe Biden tended to both business and security interests on Sunday as he wrapped up a three-day trip to South Korea, first showcasing Hyundai’s pledge to invest at least $10 billion in the United States and later talking with the U.S. troops stationed at a nearby military base.

The President’s visit to Osan Air Base, where thousands of U.S. and South Korean service members monitor the rapidly evolving North Korean nuclear threat, was his final stop before he arrived in Tokyo later Sunday, and he brought together the two key messages that he’s been discussing during his first trip to Asia as President. “You are the front line, right here in this room,” the President said in a command center with maps of the Korean Peninsula projected across screens on a wall.

President Biden emphasized his global mission to strengthen the American economy by convincing foreign companies like Hyundai to launch new operations in the United States. And he wanted to demonstrate solidarity with hesitant Asian allies who live in the shadow of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and grew skeptical of U.S. security commitments while Donald Trump was in office. The President also toured a computer chip plant run by Samsung, the Korean electronics giant that plans to build a $17 billion production facility in Texas.

Earlier Sunday, President Biden sidestepped questions about any possible provocation by North Korea, such as testing a nuclear weapon or ballistic missile during his trip, saying, “We are prepared for anything North Korea does.” Asked if he had a message for the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, the President quipped: “Hello. Period.” It was another sharp contrast from Trump, who famously said he “fell in love” with Kim.

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