Donald Trump’s tendency to issue ignorant pronouncements and failing to obtain sound information is becoming an international crisis. Most fundamentally of all, Trump’s laziness and ignorance are starting to irritate even our closest allies.
South Korean officials are stunned after President Donald Trump said last week that “Korea actually used to be a part of China” in an interview.
The incorrect statement of fact has now become an issue in South Korea’ presidential race, according to Bloomberg News, and foreign diplomats are trying to clarify how and why Trump made that claim.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Chinese President Xi Jinping provided that version of history, infuriating Seoul.
Of course, Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Trump seems to have a terrible grasp of history, geography or cartography — or all of it! This became clear when he said he realized dealing with North Korea was “not so easy” after 10 minutes with the Chinese president.
“It’s a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China,” foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said at a briefing in Seoul on Thursday, according to the report.
Presidential candidates for South Korea’s May election have weighed in on Trump’s statement
“This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” conservative Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo said through a spokesman.
This was not the first screw-up the Trump administration has made involving South Korea. In condemning a North Korean missile test, the U.S. wrongly named the body of water adjacent to Japan, North Korea and South Korea the “Sea of Japan.”
South Korea has long held that the water should be called the East Sea because ‘Sea of Japan’ was the name used during its colonial days.
However, no surprise here. After all, Trump didn’t realize being president was so complicated.