President Donald Trump made his first trade comments at the start of an exciting G20 summit in Osaka – praising & # 39; magnificent & # 39; Japanese car factories in the United States, even when a trade war with China is lurking.
Trump & # 39; s first meeting was with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who leads a nation that was the country's most bitter trade rival in the 1980s. In 2017, when he first raised the issue of tariffs, Trump attacked Japan & # 39; s trading practices on US imports.
On Thursday in Osaka, Trump praised Japan because he & # 39; many companies go to Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, many of our states & # 39; steered – naming four that are also critical election battlefields.
Trump wore Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina – and the Democrats are keenly focused on retrieving Michigan and Pennsylvania while trying to deny Trump a win at Electoral College.
President Donald Trump walks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting on the fringes of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019
& # 39; I see they build many of the big Japanese car companies in the United States, & # 39; said Trump.
Toyota has American plants in Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana and Alabama, while Honda has a large plant in Marysville, Ohio.
He started his first meeting of the summit with an ice breaker, recalling his recent trip to Japan, where he awarded a new & # 39; President & # 39; s Cup & # 39; trophy to a Japanese sumo-sumo wrestling champion.
Trump said it's something everyone's talking about. They show everyone around the world is talking about it, & he said.
President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Ivanka Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner prior to a meeting in the margins of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019
Toyota's extensive R&D center near Detroit. Toyota Motor has been selling vehicles in the United States for over 60 years and has been doing research and development in North America for forty years. Now, with the completion of a $ 154 million expansion of its technical facilities near Detroit, the Japanese automaker has consolidated much of its US purchasing, vehicle development and powertrain technology in Michigan.
President Donald Trump, the center, lifts the trophy from the & # 39; President & # 39; s Cup & # 39; to present to the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama, left, at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is right
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets the White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, during a meeting with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019
The extensive Toyota Motor North American Research & Development center (TMNA R&D) will be on Thursday 4 May 2017 during a grand opening ceremony in York Township, Michigan, USA. Trump pointed to Japanese factories in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania during his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
He accompanied him during his first breakfast session and was an economic delegation, as well as White House daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, who flew to Bahrain after a trip to Bahrain.
Trump said he and his counterparty would discuss both trade and military issues and procurement. After having been tense with Iran this month, Trump has issued a tweet demanding that other Iranian oil importers do more to protect shipments rather than relying on the US security umbrella.
Trump has also been shocked by the current treaty between the US and Japan, under which Japan would receive US protection if it were attacked, housed an important base in Okinawa, and maintained self-defense forces – a legacy of post-war peace.
& # 39; If Japan is attacked, we are fighting the Second World War. We go in and protect them with our lives and with our darling, & said Trump in a business Fox interview before his trip. & # 39; But if we are attacked, Japan does not have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television, & he panted.
In 2017, Trump complained about Japanese trade practices.
"We are selling a car in Japan, and they are doing things with us that make it impossible to sell cars in Japan, and yet they are selling cars to us," he said.
In the current trade negotiations, Japan hopes to persuade the government to eliminate the US 2.5 percent rate on cars imported from Japan. White House negotiators want Japan to lower the rates for beef and American agricultural products.
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