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Trump: ‘South Korea was once part of China.’ South Korea: ‘WTF are you talking about?’

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, President Trump had some alternative facts to offer, saying that “Korea actually used to be part of China.”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, President Trump had some alternative facts to offer, saying that “Korea actually used to be part of China.”

“It’s a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China,” South Korean foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said this Thursday.

Candidates in the running for South Korea’s presidential election weighed in on Trump’s comments. “This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” conservative Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo said.

The alternative history lesson may not have been just another example of Trump’s ad-libbing. Some think it may have been fed to him during his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

From Bloomberg:

A representative for Democratic Party of Korea candidate Moon Jae-in demanded to find out the full context of Xi’s comment. Ahn Cheol-soo’s People’s Party said that, if true, it would be regrettable for China to distort history in an international diplomacy setting.

As Bloomberg points out, Chinese dynasties invaded the Korean Peninsula for decades, but South Koreans reject the idea that they were ever ruled by China.

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