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Donald Trump Accuses S. Korea of 'Laughing' at U.S: See His Reason

By October 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm
Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Nevada (Photo : Getty Images By Ethan Miller)

Donald Trump has long alleged that free trade deals were the main cause of America's economic problems. This is deemed as an attempt by Mr. Trump to muster support from voters struggling with economic anguishes and criticize his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for supporting such agreements. He has denounced the pact with Korea as a "job killing" deal and a "disaster."

Mr. Trump said at a campaign rally in Nevada on Wednesday "Hillary's Korea deal, South Korea, cost us another 100,000 jobs. Remember that? It was supposed to be a good deal. It cost us jobs, tremendous numbers of jobs. And South Korea, like almost every other country, is laughing at how stupid we are,"

In another campaign speech later in the day, Trump again blasted the pact. "Hillary's career deal, the deal she made for South Korea, cost us 100,000 jobs and it was supposed to be a positive. And we all knew that it's never a positive".

The carefully negotiated Korea-U.S. FTA has been in effect since 2012 and has widely been considered a symbol of the economic alliance between the two countries. Attempts to revise or renegotiate the agreement could set off diplomatic tensions.

Trump alleges the agreement resulted in the increase of U.S. imports from South Korea and failed to increase US exports.

A June report by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) indicates that the Korea deal has been of great benefit to American interests, it also reveals that the agreement is estimated to have improved bilateral merchandise trade balances by $15.8 billion last year.

In other news, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday berated her presidential opponent Donald Trump for his recent comments about veterans and his business record, also tiptoeing around her husband's criticism of President Barack Obama's health care law.

At a press conference in swing state Pennsylvania, Clinton scolded Trump for saying military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder "can't handle" war.

Clinton said "Donald Trump's comments are not just ignorant, they're harmful". She also contended that his remarks could cause veterans to conceal their mental distress rather than seeking help.

Polling has suggested that military voters have so far favored Trump over Clinton.

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