Trump and Abe talk trade as well as relations with NKorea

19 April, 2018, 02:54 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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While South Korea is not part of the TPP, the tweet came after Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Donald Trump's very first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping previous year at the U.S. president's private Florida club was a highly anticipated event-Trump had promised a "tough" discussion after accusing Beijing of cheating on trade. Mike Pompeo, acting Secretary of State, stated that the summit with North Korea is "to address the threat to the United States". That meeting led to a series of developments which ultimately resulted in next week's summit between the two Koreas and the meeting between Trump and Kim, which is expected to happen in May or June. Abe will have to overcome policy divisions on trade and potentially North Korea that have emerged in Trump's second year in office.

Trump and Abe will also hold a news conference before the president and first lady host the Japanese delegations for dinner. North Korea says eight others died and denies the remaining four entered its territory.

The president and Abe were set to discuss a number of issues including trade and relations with North Korea ahead of Trump's planned future meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


"It's possible things won't go well and we won't have the meetings and we'll just continue to go along this very strong path that we've taken". Details of summit are being worked out now.

Before Tuesday's talks, Trump said that "Japan is buying a tremendous amount of military equipment from the United States". Intermediate range missiles test-launched by North Korea have landed in the waters off Japan. But the leaders appeared to have already touched upon the issue of the return of the U.S. to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) - the 12-nation free trade agreement - which Mr Trump pulled out of shortly after taking office. The US commitment to meet with Kim without Japan's input was already a blow. That contrasts with the 50 percent approval rating he enjoyed at the time of his Tokyo summit with Trump in November, soon after leading his ruling party to a landslide election victory.

Japanese officials said Abe and Trump might also discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after Trump indicated last week that the US might be interested in rejoining what is now an 11-country trade agreement.

"Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn't work". Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers.

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