Trump Hosts Japan’s Abe Tuesday

US President Donald Trump greets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he arrives outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 10, 2017 © AFP MANDEL NGAN
US President Donald Trump greets Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he arrives outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 10, 2017 © AFP MANDEL NGAN

United States President Donald Trump will host his Japan counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday.

Both leaders are under pressure to deliver something more than bonhomie and birdies.

The Japanese prime minister will make his second visit to Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida estate, when the focus will be on trade and security.

“Obviously, the President has got a great relationship there,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders

“Long-distance relationships are complicated, and the stakes of their second rendezvous at Mar-a-Lago this week are high,” said Mireya Solis of the Brooking Institution.

Trump’s decision to hold an improbable summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un this May or June was announced without consulting Abe. And worse, it was announced by a South Korean official.

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