Trump weighs cuts to U.S. troops in South Korea

President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to present options to cut the number of U.S. soldiers in South Korea, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing several people briefed on the matter. Trump is preparing for a landmark meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who pledged to work toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula during a recent meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. U.S. officials said Trump isn’t using the drawdown as a bargaining chip. They say he wants to cut back because he thinks South Korea doesn’t adequately compensate the U.S. for maintaining its 28,500 troops. The White House said Thursday it would welcome the release of three Americans imprisoned in North Korea as a goodwill gesture ahead of the summit.

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