Trump, Abe to meet despite strain over North Korea, tariffs

Staff Writer

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Top Trump administration officials say that major concessions, including a possible exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs, could be on the table for Japan as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Florida to discuss trade issues and Trump’s potential meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump is looking to ease the key U.S. ally’s concerns over trade policy and the Korea summit as he plays host to Abe this week at his private club in Florida. The White House says the visit will give the leaders an opportunity to discuss Trump’s upcoming summit with Kim, which Trump is looking to hold in the next two months.
It will also serve as a test of whether the fond personal relationship the two leaders have forged on the golf course and over meetings and phone calls has chilled following Trump’s recent moves, including his decision not to exempt Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.