Donald Trump eats lunch with the U.S. troops on his visit to South Korea.
Trump arrived at Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles south of Seoul Tuesday. He sat down with service members at a long table in a dining hall. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in was also seated at the table.
‘I had a choice of having a beautiful, very fancy lunch, and I said “No, I want to eat with the troops.” And we ate with the troops,’ Trump said proudly.
‘And it was good eating. It was good eating. And I tell you, they’ve done a terrific job. Very impressive.’
South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined him at the mess-hall lunch. ‘Hello everybody!’ Trump boomed after he was greeted by applause. ‘Good food,’ he said.
The presidents stayed only a short time at the lunch before the military briefing, which included Naitonal Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, who is now the White House chife of staff.
A pair of South Korean generals also took part, along with the head of U.S. forces in Korea, Gen. Vincent Brooks.
The president will later sit down with Moon at the Blue House, the nation’s presidential mansion, for bilateral talks in advance of a joint press conference later in the day.
Trump will be in the Seoul area for barely 24 hours, but he will cast a 6-foot, 2-inch shadow on the communist nation to the north.
He has clear differences with Moon, both on managing the North Korean nuclear standoff and on tense negotiations over a trade deal that the White House says harms American workers.
Either crisis would be fodder enough for bilateral talks, a joint press conference and a speech to South Korea’s National Assembly.
But the one-two punch will make Trump’s brief time in the Land of the Morning Calm unlike his two-day stop in Japan, a longer stop that already has South Koreans feeling like Trump is playing favorites.