President Trump on Thursday bashed the five-year-old trade agreement between the United States and South Korea while sitting next to that nation’s president, Moon Jae-in.
Trump, who earlier this month threatened to withdraw from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, said that, besides discussing North Korea’s growing nuclear threat, the two leaders would address nagging trade issues.
“So because of the fact that our trade deal is so bad for the United States and so good for South Korea, I said we’ll focus on the military, but actually we’re going to try to straighten it out and make it fair for everybody,” Trump said while sitting next to Moon ahead of their meeting.
“But our real focus will be on the military and our relationship with South Korea, which is excellent,” he said.
Trump’s plan to withdraw from the free trade agreement with South Korea was met with backlash from agriculture and other business groups and pushback from within the White House.
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In the morning, President Trump will meet with President Andrzej Duda of Poland and have a bilateral meeting with him followed by a joint press conference.
Trump will then participate in a photo opportunity with European leaders.
Later in the morning, the president will give remarks at Three Seas Initiative Summit.
Trump will then participate in the Transatlantic Roundtable.
In the afternoon, Trump will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia.
The president will then give remarks to the people of Poland.
Following his remarks, he leaves Poland for Hamburg, Germany.
He will then participate in an expanded meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
In the evening, the president will attend the Northeast Asia Security Dinner with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
President Trump on Friday denounced the “reckless and brutal” regime in North Korea and demanded that Pyongyang choose “a better path” to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula over its nuclear weapons program.
Appearing in the Rose Garden with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump pledged a “determined response” to the threat and renewed calls for regional allies and powers to implement stronger economic sanctions on Pyongyang, a day after his administration sanctioned a Chinese bank over allegations that it laundered money for North Korean companies.
“Our goal is peace, stability and prosperity for the region,” Trump said in a prepared statement. “But the United States will defend itself, always will defend itself — always. And we will always defend our allies.”
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In the morning, President Trump will speak to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
He will then welcome President Moon of the Republic of Korea, meet with him, and then give joint statements with him.
In the afternoon, the President and First Lady Melania Trump will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend. Presumably, Baron will join them.
South Korea’s new leader dined with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday as part of an effort to reassure Washington that he will coordinate closely on dealing with the North Korean threat.
Trump said at the start of a formal dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that they would discuss North Korea and trade over two days of meetings. The South Korean leader has sought to make clear to the US that he is serious about dealing with his neighbor’s threat, despite having long advocated engagement with North Korea to address its nuclear weapons development.
“I know you’ve been discussing with our people some of the complexities of North Korea and trade and other things, and we’ll be discussing them all as we progress,” Trump told Moon in the State Dining Room. “And it could be very well late into the evening.” Continue reading “Thur, June 29, 2017: Trump welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-In to White House”
In the morning, President Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
In the afternoon, he heads to the Department of Energy where he will give remarks at the Unleashing American Energy event.
In the evening he and the First Lady welcome President Moon of the Republic of Korea, hosting a reception with the Republic of Korea delegation.
Later in the evening, the Trumps will have dinner with President Moon.