Trump, who unexpectedly agreed to the Kim talks last month, has pressed forward with his plans, despite concerns from regional allies such as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who arrived in Florida this week to warn Trump that past USA talks with North Korea have failed.
Mr. Trump said Wednesday during a second day of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he wants to see "free, fair and reciprocal trade" between the two countries and a whittling away of the trade deficit.
The Trumps are hosting the Abes for a two-day summit at Mar-a-Lago so we expect Melania to continue stepping out in her most elegant ensembles.
Japan's politically sensitive trade surplus with the United States edged down in March, government data showed Wednesday, as the two countries' leaders held talks over the thorny issue of bilateral trade.
Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic advisor, has cautioned that while "Japan is a great friend and ally", there are "certain disagreements with respect to some of the trading issues, we'll iron those out hopefully". "A lot of great things between our two countries".
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White House officials have cleared up some confusion over when CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong Un.
Pompeo's visit to the North was arranged by South Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, and was meant to assess whether Kim was prepared to hold serious talks, a US official said. The president said the talks will take place in early June, possibly sooner. Trump pulled out of talks just three days into his presidency.
On Wednesday, the agenda will broaden to include other issues affecting the Indo-Pacific region, including trade and energy, and Trump said he and Abe would "sneak out" to play a round of golf. Trump is huddling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his private Florida club this week to assuage Japanese concerns about the meeting.
Trump has let up on the power grip since then, but in more subtle ways he has continued to show who is the alpha - a price Abe appears willing to pay in his strategic servitude to keep Trump supporting the postwar security alliance that the president had openly questioned in his election campaign.