President Trump And Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Press Conference

19 April, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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As the two men sat for dinner Tuesday, it was revealed that Mike Pompeo, Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director and pick for secretary of state, had traveled to North Korea for preliminary talks with Kim early this month.

Speaking through a translator during one of their meetings, Abe said he and Trump had had "very in-depth discussions" on both North Korea and economic issues and said that "on those two points" they had "successfully forged a mutual understanding".

About whether Japan will be exempted from new US restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum, Kudlow said, "It's a key point on the agenda" of the summit meeting.

Abe said that Japanese steel and aluminum did not "exert any negative influence" on USA security. "We'll iron those out, hopefully". "A lot of great things between our two countries".

That's what Abe, who has worked hard to ingratiate himself with Trump, did on Tuesday after arriving at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and being greeted by the USA president in an identical blue-and-white striped necktie.

The two did not reveal what those agreements were, but Abe had been expected to urge to Trump to exempt Japan from the tariffs and press him on the missile issue.

Japan has also been questioning why it wasn't granted exemptions to Trump's protectionist measures on steel and aluminum when most other key USA allies - among them Australia, Canada, the European Union and Mexico - have been.


Still, he maintained he'd be willing to stand up and leave the highly anticipated summit should the meeting fall short of his expectations.

"The US has a massive trade deficit with Japan", said Trump.

Amid the diplomatic flurry, CNN reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping also planned to visit Pyongyang soon, after North Korean leader Kim made a surprise trip last month to China, its major sole ally. Trump pulled out of talks just three days into his presidency.

South Korea's presidential office said they had agreed to broadcast live, for the first time, parts of the summit, including the hand shake between the two leaders.

Trump says five locations are under consideration. I look forward to being able to take them off. Trump is huddling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his private Florida club this week to assuage Japanese concerns about the meeting.

Ahead of the prime minister's visit, which is to focus on peace talks with North Korea and trade sanctions, the White House said golf was not on the "official schedule".

Prime Minister Abe hoped to reverse his decision to impose new steel and aluminum tariffs on Japan.

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