U.S., Japan to discuss North Korea, tariffs

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April 16, 2018 - 11:00 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing host to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week amid growing strain between the countries over the president’s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the push for new tariffs.

The visit gives the leaders an opportunity to discuss Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korea, which Japan eyes warily. It will also serve as a test of whether the fond personal relationship the two leaders have forged on the golf course and over meetings and phone calls has chilled following Trump’s recent moves, including failure to exempt Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs.

Trump welcomed the two days of meetings. “I am in Florida and looking forward to my meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. Working on Trade and Military Security,” he tweeted today.

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