Trump Solidifies Ties with South Korea
Lindsey Ford on MSNBC
On November 7, 2017, ASPI’s Lindsey Ford spoke to MSNBC about how President Trump’s current visit to South Korea marks a critical moment in the U.S.-ROK alliance.
Ford points out that despite the president’s previous harsh messages to North Korea, he tempered his rhetoric while in Seoul. “Trump’s call for a diplomatic solution is a nod to what President Moon needs domestically,” says Ford. The Trump and Moon administrations now seem more in “lockstep” on how to approach the North Korea nuclear challenge.
Regarding the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), Ford states that the two sides must work together through the existing framework to renegotiate the free trade agreement, rather than the U.S. pulling out of it completely. (3 min., 56 sec.)
In this podcast by Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Daniel Russel discusses the implications of Donald Trump’s first Asia visit and the new U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy.
Kevin Rudd writes that President Trump’s Asia trip casts further doubts about America’s long-term standing and commitment in the region.
Daniel Russel speaks to Christiane Amanpour about whether President Trump found success in his first Asia trip.
Wendy Cutler talks to NPR Weekend Edition about President Trump's "America first" speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam.
Daniel Russel says that Trump's Asia trip and his attendance at the EAS and APEC summits will be reassuring to Asian allies.