President Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Yesterday, 17 April, Donald and Melania trump took in his estate in palm beach, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe. He was greeted by President Trump for two days of meetings and events.

Trump confirmed earlier today that Mike Pompeo recently spoke to Kim Jong Un and North Korean officials about arranging a diplomatic summit in the coming months.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he would prefer a bilateral trade deal with Japan instead of rejoining an 11-nation Pacific Rim trade pact.

After floating the possibility on April 12 of rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter late Tuesday that he didn't think the deal was positive for the US economy.

Japan's politically sensitive trade surplus with the USA edged down in March, government data showed Wednesday, as the two countries' leaders held talks over the thorny issue of bilateral trade.

"We'll see what happens, a lot of people are predicting other things, but I think it's going to work out really well and I think our country really needs him, he's going to be a great leader", said Mr. Trump of Pompeo. Trump has touted the potential meeting by expressing confidence that he'll be able to negotiate for North Korea's denuclearization and the end of their foreign aggression.

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. "You're seeing dialogue between is good news for Guam", he said.

The summit with Abe comes as the President prepares for historic talks with Kim, a prospect that Abe has warned will come with risks.

Trump hosted Abe in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Abe specifically pointed to Trump's military posture as the factor that brought about "major change" on the Korean Peninsula. "The North Korea problem has been with us for many years".

Withdrawing the US from the the multilateral trade agreement was one of his first acts as president.

"I want to share an understanding on the abandonment of nuclear weapons and missiles by North Korea through complete, verifiable and irreversible means", Abe stressed at the beginning of the talks, adding, "I want to actively discuss the abduction issue, which is important to Japan".


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