February 10, 2017

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to talk trade, defense cooperation

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin

Source: USA Today

Journalist David Jackson

As much as he criticized countries like Mexico and China during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump also had some harsh words for Japan — the starting points for Friday's visit to the White House by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe plans to address Trump's concerns about Japanese trade policies and defense spending during a summit scheduled to stretch out over two days. After Friday meetings at the White House, the Japanese leader is expected to join Trump on Air Force One for a trip to the president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. The Saturday agenda includes a round of golf.

"The amount of time that the president is going to spend with Prime Minister Abe is considerable," said Michael Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan at the Washington-based Center for Strategic & International Studies. "Abe clearly wants to start a relationship with the current administration."

Read the full article at USA Today.


  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...