Republican Governor Says Trump Said South Koreans are “Terrible People” In Front Of His South Korean Wife
South Korea is one of America’s oldest allies and every U.S. President since South Korea’s inception has worked to maintain that important relationship. South Korea has played a major role in the U.S.’s efforts to contain North Korea but President Trump has been known to stray away from that relationship. Now a Republican Governor is saying that Trump dislikes the South Koreans and called them, “terrible people.” The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, told about the remarks in an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he explained hearing the comment during a speech.
Hogan explained that Trump bragged about going golfing with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. Trump also boasted about how much he admired the President of China, Xi Jinping, according to Hogan. The part Hogan says floored him was when Trump expressed his dislike for President Moon of South Korea. That is when Trump called the South Koreans “terrible people” and complained about protecting the ally nation in front of Hogan’s wife, Yumi. Trump also complained about South Korea not paying for the protection they receive.
This is not the first time Trump has shown disrespect to other countries, including, allies. It is also not the first time Trump has complained about countries not paying enough money for U.S. involvement in their security. Trump made a great deal out of NATO members not paying their fair share for being a part of the international alliance. Trump demanded that the member nations pay at least two percent of their GDP, but many pointed out that the figure was a guideline and not a rule.
This revelation will not look good for a president already dealing with unrest which was caused by racism. There is also the fact that Trump has already been accused of expressing anti-Asian sentiment by calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus.”