The Pentagon is soon to announce an end the United States' to joint military exercises with South Korea the day after President Donald Trump met with North Korea's Kim Jong-un — and many pundits warn that he appears to be making even more concessions to the authoritarian leader.
NBC News reported the Pentagon's plans to end the large-scale "war games" was not, according to U.S. officials, related to the Hanoi summit and had been planned for "some time."
Nonetheless, the officials told NBC, the move is meant to "ease tensions" with North Korea.
As Fox News' Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson noted, Trump called the joint exercises "very expensive" when he was in Vietnam.
BREAKING: Pentagon cancels annual large-scale 'war games' with South Korea, U.S. officials say; news follows second… https://t.co/D5H0MtZf6I— Lucas Tomlinson (@Lucas Tomlinson)1551464678.0
Mike Walker, the former acting Secretary of the Army, alluded to the Trump administration's claim that the president walked away from a deal with Kim Jong-un in his tweet responding to the news.
"Trump did make a deal with Kim," Walker tweeted. "A bad deal."
Trump did make a deal with Kim. A bad deal https://t.co/XUajk6SU5s— Mike Walker (@Mike Walker)1551463723.0
Veteran White House journalist Paul Brandus noted from his "West Wing Reports" account that although Trump "got nothing from North Korea," he is nevertheless "making a huge [concession]: ending large-scale military readiness drills with South Korea."
1) Trump got nothing from North Korea 2) but is making a huge concesssion: ending large-scale military readiness dr… https://t.co/t85ciZ5KeV— West Wing Reports (@West Wing Reports)1551462787.0
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Trump unilaterally surrendering to North Korea. Giving stuff away without any deal in place as if WE are the ones w… https://t.co/BW7lvdlc1A— Jay LIT AF Adams (@Jay LIT AF Adams)1551462237.0
Screwing with our alliances to own the libs. I participated in these exercises on my forward-deployed amphibious sh… https://t.co/Jk0140G1FX— Sheila Scarborough (@Sheila Scarborough)1551463847.0
we didn't even get a deal & Trump is still making major concessions to Kim Jong-un https://t.co/syUeW261Fj— Jesse Lehrich (@Jesse Lehrich)1551461873.0
Boy, this is some crazy 3D chess, Jedi mind trickery going on! Just think of how much we'd win if we ceded Hawaii t… https://t.co/plKFroBeTh— Dean Baratta بطبطبط (@Dean Baratta بطبطبط)1551465677.0
The Art of the Giving-Away-The-House-For-Nothing https://t.co/E4XyDJ6WMy— Pragmatic Profit (@Pragmatic Profit)1551465370.0
If you wrote anything about how walking away from the table to avoid more losses was a master stroke of Trump's neg… https://t.co/M8S5poq93r— Ben Parker (@Ben Parker)1551464970.0
#Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk #Headdesk… https://t.co/QtdVj30p22— Jonathan Schanzer (@Jonathan Schanzer)1551464846.0
Ffs, how many unilateral concessions has there been in this week alone? https://t.co/oHkJc9c4hj— Just Some Doc (@Just Some Doc)1551463015.0