Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe to visit Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Marsha Scott
April 3, 2018

This will be the two men's third summit meeting, according to the White House.

During the meeting, the Japanese leader and the president will likely discuss the new tariffs on China announced by Trump last month, which were created to end what he views as unfair trade practices.

Describing North Korea's recent pursuit of dialogue with world leaders as the result of his "maximum pressure" campaign, Abe emphasized that the global community must keep pushing Pyongyang until it takes concrete steps toward denuclearization. It is Abe's second visit to Trump's Florida estate.

Abe has said he wants to remind Mr. Trump of shorter-range missiles and other North Korean security threats for Japan, and seek USA help on the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea decades ago.

Prime Minister Abe has announced plans to visit the US from April 17-20, 2018, to discuss North Korea with President Trump ahead of expected summits between the North and the USA and South Korea.

If Trump raises the issue of a free trade agreement between Japan and the United States, Abe might be pressured to make concessions, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported.

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"President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties between the United States and Japan, two of the world's wealthiest and most innovative economies", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"I'll talk to Prime Minister Abe of Japan and others - great guy, friend of mine - and there will be a little smile on their face".

In a statement, the White House did not mention the abduction issue.

This is not the first time that President Trump has used his golfing estate to host global diplomats.

A previous meeting between the Trump and Abe, in February 2017, was judged a success by both countries, but Trump has recently taken a more critical stand against Japan.

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