White House spokesman Sean Spicer says South Korea remains a 'steadfast' ally of the U.S. and that the current political turmoil in the Asian nation is a domestic issue. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The U.S. remains a steadfast ally of South Korea and will stay out of the Asian nation's current political turmoil that has seen its president ousted, the White House said on Friday (March 10). "We have a strong relationship and will continue to work with South Korea," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. "It's a domestic issue in which the United States takes no position in the outcome of that election." South Korean President Park Geun-hye was removed from office on Friday over a graft scandal after months of protests. Park was South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of paralysis and turmoil over the corruption scandal that also landed the head of the Samsung conglomerate in detention and on trial. A snap presidential election will be held within 60 days.