Abe to visit United States from Thurs. for summit with Trump
Feb 08 2017
Abe is scheduled to arrive at the White House Friday and the two will then go to Palm Beach for a weekend round of golf.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering increasing energy imports from the United States as he prepares to meet President Donald Trump, who has complained about Japan's trade surplus, two sources familiar with the plan said.
On Sunday, a White House staffer even told CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller that Trump "has some meetings and may play a few holes of golf", but nothing has been confirmed.
Still, Abe was one of the first world leaders to attempt to form personal relationship with Trump, becoming on November 17 the first foreign leader to meet with then-U.S. president-elect in NY.
Abe was the first global leader to meet Trump following his election victory, but the relationship has since soured following the US's decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
When asked whether Abe is a good golfer or if he would have a bet on the game, the president said the Japanese prime minister "loves the game".
He has threatened to impose a tax on auto imports from Mexico, criticized Japan's trade gap with the United States and most recently accused Japan, along with China and Germany, of devaluing their currencies to the detriment of USA companies. He also suggested the U.S. -Japan security arrangement was one-sided.
Abe is one of the first foreign leaders to hold a summit with Trump.