On the golf course, Trump nudges Japan over trade during state visit

U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off the second day of a Japan visit on Sunday with a round of golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, engaging in personal diplomacy aimed at smoothing tough discussions over differences on trade.Trump, dressed in a red pullover, and Abe, wearing a blue blazer and white pants, met on a lawn and smiled for photographers before taking off for their game.Abe's office later posted a "selfie" picture on the course with Trump and Abe smiling together. Abe said in the post he hoped to make the Japan-U.S. alliance "even more unshakeable."The president's state visit is meant to showcase the strength of the Japan-U.S. relationship, but tensions over trade have provided a backdrop of uncertainty.Trump is unhappy with Japan's large trade surplus and is considering putting high tariffs on its auto exports if a bilateral trade agreement is not reached. The United States and China are engaged in an expensive trade war that has pounded financial markets worldwide.During remarks to business leaders on Saturday night, Trump ribbed Japan over its trading "edge" while saying progress had been made.Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive in Tokyo on Saturday. (Koji Sasahara/Associated Press)"With this deal, we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. And we're getting closer," he said."Just last week, U.S. beef expo ...Read more

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