The Guardian reports:
Donald Trump called for the population of Seoul to be moved during an Oval Office meeting when tensions between the US and North Korea were at their height, according to a new book about the president’s relations with the US military.
In Trump and his Generals: The Cost of Chaos, the national security and counter-terrorism expert Peter Bergen also gives new details of Trump’s demands that the families of US service members in South Korea be evacuated, which the North Korean regime would have interpreted as a clear move towards war. In both cases, Trump’s impetuous diktats were ignored by his top officials.
Bergen’s book, the latest in a string of accounts of the president’s erratic leadership on national security issues, is being published on Tuesday at a time when friction between Washington and Pyongyang is once more on the rise, after more than 18 months of detente and summitry.
At the height his North Korea “fire and fury” drama, President Trump is said to have called for the evacuation of the city of Seoul https://t.co/ieUYynfZMX
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 10, 2019
In 2017, Trump asked, “Why is Seoul so close to the North Korean border?”
He then made a rather unorthodox suggestion: “They have to move,” Trump said, referring to the entire population of Seoul, South Korea. https://t.co/xJZwnLmjWJ
— Vox (@voxdotcom) December 5, 2019