U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from South Korea in 2018.
In doing so, he wanted to pressure the government in Seoul to make a more significant contribution to the alliance between the two countries.
His former security adviser John Bolton writes this in his Tuesday book The Room Where It Happened, reports South Korean news agency Yonhap.
“We must threaten to withdraw all our troops, then we have a good negotiating position,” Trump said to Bolton. Trump wanted South Korea to pay an annual contribution of $ 5 billion.
Currently, there are nearly 30,000 U.S. military personnel in South Korea due to the continuing threat from North Korea.
The U.S. has had much military personnel in the country since the Korea War that ended in 1953.
According to Bolton, Trump was also unhappy about the military exercises held with the South Korean army.
“We have to stop playing war. I’m trying to make peace with a psychopath,” he is said to have said about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.