Trump: South Korea should pay 'substantially more' for defense costs

Trump: South Korea should pay 'substantially more' for defense costs
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE said Wednesday that South Korea should pay more money to the United States, arguing Americans pay too much to cover its ally's defense costs.

Trump also said in the tweet that talks have already begun with South Korea on increasing the $990 million it now pays the U.S. for defense. 

The president said South Korea should pay "substantially more money to the United States" for the country's help defending it from North Korea. 

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"South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the United States of America," Trump wrote. 

 

South Korea did not immediately respond to Trump's remarks, according to Reuters.

Wednesday's tweet follows a Tuesday missile launch that North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnDonald Trump as Winston Churchill? Overnight Defense: Navy hospital ship heading to Los Angeles | Military field hospitals to deploy to New York, Seattle | Pompeo flies to Afghanistan to revive peace process North Korea says Trump offered country help amid coronavirus pandemic MORE reportedly called a "warning" to the U.S. and South Korea over planned joint military exercises. 

Burden sharing between the United States and South Korea is likely to be discussed as Defense Secretary Mike Esper visits the country on Wednesday.

Ellen Mitchell contributed.