Trump to host Japanese Prime Minister at Mar-a-Lago

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will seek US cooperation in dealing with North Korea when he meets with President Donald Trump later this month. Trump has dubbed the resort "the winter White House".

Trump and Abe will meet April 17-18 in Palm Beach, Florida, to discuss trade and the president's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is Abe's second visit to Trump's Florida estate.

Abe is also expected to discuss stiff USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and urge Mr. Trump to exclude Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

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The last time Trump and Abe met at Mar-a-Lago early in the president's term a year ago, North Korea tested a ballistic missile during the summit.

If Trump raises the issue of a free trade agreement between Japan and the United States, Abe might be pressured to make concessions, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported.

India, US, and Japan will also discuss regional and global issues with the government, as well as, the representatives of other sectors and formulate ways to strengthen ties amid growing China tensions.

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A previous meeting between the Trump and Abe, in February 2017, was judged a success by both countries, but Trump has recently taken a more critical stand against Japan.

The prime minister said he will directly request Trump to bring up the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea when the US president meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a summit in May. And after golfing together for a second time when Trump visited Japan during his Asia tour last year, Abe recalled how his grandfather, a former premier of Japan began the tradition of "golf diplomacy" with President Dwight D. Eisenhower began the tradition of U.S. -Japan golf diplomacy 60 years prior.

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