Trump cites ‘very big deficit’ with Japan during Abe visit

Staff Writer

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald 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.
“We have a very big deficit, and we’re going to weed that down and hopefully get a balance at some point in the not-too-distant future,” Trump said. The U.S. trade deficit with Japan last year was $56.1 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
During Abe’s two-day visit, Trump appeared to be seeking to reassure him of the pair’s close alliance as the president prepares for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Abe spent Wednesday morning golfing at one of Trump’s nearby courses in their latest show of “golf diplomacy,” and U.S. officials signaled Tuesday that Trump could be open to exempting Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs that Abe opposes...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.