I guess they did not have dirt on Joe Biden with which to negotiate.

Courtesy of Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to quadruple annual payments for U.S. forces stationed there to around $8 billion, Foreign Policy reported, part of Washington’s efforts to press its allies to increase their defense spending.

The current agreement that covers the 54,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan expires in March 2021.

The demand was made to Japanese officials during a trip to the region in July by John Bolton, at that time Trump’s national security adviser, and Matt Pottinger, who was then the Asia director for the National Security Council, the U.S. global affairs magazine said, citing unidentified former U.S. officials.

A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said the report was incorrect and no U.S.-Japan negotiations on a new agreement have taken place.

According to Kyodo news agency, Japanese officials told Bolton the increase is “unrealistic”, saying Japan already pays a greater share of stationing costs than other allies.

A U.S. State Department spokesman said in an emailed statement: “The President has made clear that allies and partners should contribute more to their shared defense.”

Perhaps somebody should discuss with Trump the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance which was signed in 1951 and explain that the deal stated America would protect Japan so that they could focus on their economic recovery which was not helped one little bit by the two nuclear bombs we dropped on their country.

If Trump is threatening to remove American troops and allow the Japanese to completely rebuild their military structure he may need somebody to remind hm that the Japanese have been known to be fairly warlike and have waged innumerable military campaigns dating all the way back the 7th century BCE. 

In other words Trump just needs a fucking history lesson. 

I know it is a difficult concept for somebody as greedy as Donald Trump but some things are worth more than mere money.