KYODO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump plan to follow their Feb. 10 summit in Washington with further talks at Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Florida, the next day, a Japanese government source said Wednesday.
The move is likely aimed at building trust, something the Abe administration has alluded to a number of times since Trump was elected last November.
Trump has dubbed his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach the “Winter White House.” The two might play golf during their first meeting since Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the source said.
The leaders are expected to discuss trade and security.
Trump asserted overnight that Japan has been devaluing its currency, which Abe dismissed Wednesday as “not true”. Trump has also taken issue with the size of the U.S. trade deficit with Japan and called Japanese automobile trade practices “not fair.”
Abe told a Diet committee Wednesday he wants to tell Trump about the contributions Japan can make to U.S. infrastructure building and job creation.
Shortly after Trump’s shock win in November, the two held unofficial talks in New York after which Abe gave Trump a golf club. Trump reciprocated with a golfing shirt and other goods, according to the Foreign Ministry.