Reports: Trump wanted missile defense system in Portland
Portland — the last line of defense against Pyongyang?
It might seem like something out of science fiction, but President Donald Trump briefly considered the idea, according to a new book.
In the tell-all tale by famed journalist Bob Woodward, President Trump reportedly wanted to relocate to Portland the anti-missile defense system currently stationed in South Korea.
"This is a terrible deal. Who negotiated this deal? What genius? Take it out. I don't want the land," Trump continued. "F— it, pull it back and put it in Portland!"
H.R. McMaster, the president's national security adviser, responded that the deal was actually quite good for the U.S. — as South Korea had provided a 99-year lease for free for the site of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System.
The U.S. did shell out some $10 billion to build and install the rocket launchers, however. According to Woodward, Trump was mostly irked that money was spent offshore.
Supporters of the administration have criticized "Fear" for using anonymous sources and argued that portions of it may be imaginative fabrications. That said, you never know what a fly on the wall will hear.
And while it looks like the U.S. military won't be leaving South Korea anytime soon, some in the Rose City have suggested the possibility of a billion-dollar investment would have hardly been bad news.
Here's what Josh Lehner, senior economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, wrote on Twitter after seeing the proposal:
"*whispers* Federal, military, and defense contractors would bring high-wage jobs and diversify our regional economy *ducks*"
Woodward was one of two reporters for the Washington Post to first reveal the Watergate scandal, which ultimately ended the reign of President Richard Nixon.