The Wall Street Journal: Trump cites cost as U.S. pulls out of large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is ceasing annual large-scale joint exercises with South Korea, two U.S. officials said Friday, after the Trump administration deemed them too expensive.

Rather than conduct the exercises — code-named Key Resolve and Foal Eagle — the U.S. military will hold smaller exercises focused on training U.S. and allied partners, the officials said.

‘I was telling the generals — I said: Look, you know, exercising is fun, and it’s nice and they play the war games. And I’m not saying it’s not necessary, because at some levels it is, but at other levels it’s not. But it’s a very, very expensive thing.

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