UPDATED 7:21 AM PT — Fri. Nov. 9, 2019
According to a Japanese media, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a phone call to discuss trade and North Korea. However, little is known about the content of that conversation.
Earlier this week, President Trump detailed Japan’s relationship with the U.S. on trade and explained what needs to change.
“Well, we’re dealing with Japan right now on trade, Japan has…it’s a great country, you have a great Prime Minister, who just had a very successful election…he’s a very good friend of mine, he’s one of the people I’m closest with…but I tell him all the time that Japan does not treat the United States fairly on trade,” said the president. “They send in millions of cars at a very low tax…we have close to a hundred billion dollar trade deficit with Japan, and Japan has treated us very unfairly.”
The phone call comes just days before Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Japan before traveling to Papua New Guinea for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.