Abe Confident of Trust Relationship with Trump (News)
New York, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—After his first meeting with Donald Trump in New York on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed his confidence that he can build a relationship of trust with the next president of the United States.
“I was able to have heart-to-heart, candid talks,” Abe told reporters after the meeting, which was held for about one and a half hours at Trump Tower, a Manhattan landmark owned by the celebrity businessman.
“It was a meeting that made me feel confident that I can build a relationship of trust” with Trump, Abe said.
Abe became the first foreign national leader to meet face to face with Trump since his victory in the November 8 presidential election. It is unusual for a Japanese prime minister to meet with a US president-elect.
Trump posted a Facebook message saying, “It was a pleasure to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop by my home and begin a great friendship.”
The Japanese prime minister declined to disclose details of the meeting on the grounds that Trump is yet to be sworn in, only saying that he told the US president-elect of his basic thoughts about various issues. Abe is believed to have stressed the importance of the bilateral alliance and the significance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement signed by Japan, the United States, and 10 other Pacific Rim nations.
[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.](Banner photo: Prime Minister Abe speaks with President-elect Trump in New York on November 17. Courtesy Cabinet Secretariat; © Jiji.)