Which Political Party is Accused of Exploiting Trump to Distract Public from Blue House Scandal?
SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- Gyeonggi Gov. Nam Kyung-pil from the ruling Saenuri Party on Friday cast woes over the party's alleged bid to use the sensational U.S. presidential election result for political gains.
"I would like to express concern over the pro-Park faction and the presidential office using Donald Trump's victory with (such) intention," Nam said.
The issue should not be used to divert the public's attention from a mounting influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye's confidante Choi Soon-sil, he said. Nam was a five-term lawmaker from the party's non-Park faction.
The remark came as Saenuri has been busy holding various meeting and seminars following the victory of Trump, claiming the election will bring various changes to the geopolitical atmosphere.
The moves, however, were also seen by opposition blocs as a desperate struggle to steer the public's attention away from the corruption scandal that emerged as a major hurdle for Saenuri's presidential ambition for next year.
Nam added if Saenuri and the presidential office continue to focus on Trump issues with such political intentions, they will be faced with greater oppositions from the public.
"Although it is true that we must come up with measures on the escalating uncertainties overseas following Trump's victory, it does not necessarily means the return of Park, who symbolizes a failed leadership," Nam said.
The governor added that the public calls for new leaders and demands Park promptly step back from state affairs.'