Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., have
introduced an amendment to prevent President Donald Trump from
withdrawing U.S. troops from South Korea.
Trump told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday the U.S. would
end its joint war games with South Korea as part of a deal to
denuclearize the region, saying the exercises are “inappropriate” and
“very expensive,” in contradiction of the Pentagon’s stance the war
games are vital and routine readiness operations. He also revealed he is
considering removing the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops stationed in South
Sens. Murphy and Duckworth defended the troops’ presence in the
region by announcing an amendment Wednesday to the John S. McCain
National Defense Authorization Act, which “would help prevent the
president from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the
Korean Peninsula that would harm our national security,” according to their press release.