Abe Seeks Trump's Leadership Role in World (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Tuesday that he urged US President Donald Trump to play a leadership role in the international community during their latest summit.

"The world will be in confusion and uncertainty will grow further unless the US president fulfills a role as a leader of the free world," Abe told a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting, discussing what they spoke about during the first bilateral summit talks since Trump took office on January 20.

"I'm hoping that the president will play that role, and I'm ready to cooperate," Abe added.

Abe made the request to Trump apparently in response to concerns about his inward-looking stance under his "America first" policy.

The prime minister said that he has received inquiries about his talks with Trump from many other world leaders.

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