U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after reports that the Trump Administration is considering reducing America’s military presence in South Korea.

“This kind of strategic incompetence is Jimmy Carter-level weak. Why is this so hard? We don’t have missile systems in South Korea as a welfare program; we have troops and munitions there to protect Americans. Our aim is to give the Chinese communist leadership and the nuclear nut tyrannizing his North Korean subjects something to think about before they mess with us.”