Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on Recent Trip to South Korea

Bustos was part of the first Congressional delegation to visit South Korea since President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un

Washington- Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos discussed her recent trip to the Republic of Korea, which is more commonly referred to as South Korea. Bustos was part of the first Congressional delegation to visit South Korea following President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un last month. She was joined on this trip by House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH), Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI), Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Congressman Conor Lamb (D-PA).

During this trip, Bustos visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Osan Air Force Base and Camp Humphreys to conduct Congressional oversight of the military activities taking place on the Korean Peninsula. Bustos also met with officials from the American Embassy and members of the National Assembly of South Korea to examine the current dynamics on the ground. Bustos was also able to see first-hand the role that the Army Sustainment Command, headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal, plays in supporting our troops and military installations around the globe.

Some of the officials Bustos met with included:

  • General Vincent Brooks, Commander of United States Forces Korea
  • Lieutenant General Michael Bills, Commander of Eighth Army
  • Lieutenant General Thomas Bergeson, Commander of Seventh Air Force
  • 1st Vice Minister Lim Sung-nam of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
  • Minister Song Young-moo of the Ministry of Defense for the Republic of Korea

“We’ve all gotten whiplash in the last year, witnessing a serious escalation that pushed us to the brink of nuclear war, to the first meeting taking place between an American President and the leader of North Korea,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “While we still have a lot of work to do, I’m pleased we’re engaging in diplomacy and working to improve relationships in this part of the world.

“However, it’s been our troops in South Korea that have been working on the front lines to help maintain the peace through it all. I was proud to see how the important work being done at the Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island Arsenal is equipping and protecting our troops and military installations around the globe.”