Trump presses Japan over trade gap, expects ‘good things’ from North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to even out a trade imbalance with the United States and expressed confidence, despite Japanese wariness, that “good things” would come from North Korea.
Trump explicitly linked trade and security, a connection that disturbs Tokyo, whose alliance with Washington stands at the core of its defense policies.
“It’s all a balance sheet thing,” he said. “When I talk about a security threat, I talk about a balance sheet. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he expected big moves on trade would wait until after Japan’s upper house election in July.
“Trade-wise, I think we’ll be announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries,” Trump said on Monday. “We’ll get the balance of trade, I think, straightened out rapidly.”
Abe, who has developed close personal ties with Trump since the U.S. leader came to office, stressed the closeness of ties. “I am determined to demonstrate at home and abroad the very strong bond” he said of the alliance in Japan‘s new Reiwa era, which began on May 1 when Emperor Naruhito inherited the throne.
Trump gave a slight bow and he and First Lady Melania Trump shook hands with the imperial pair before entering
The palace, to be met by Abe and his wife, Akie, among others. Trump then walked the red carpet again, waving at assembled school children and inspecting Japanese troops before,
a military band played a formal salute as he stood solemnly on a raised platform. The two leaders have put on a show of friendship but have policy disagreements over trade and North Korea.