A Strong U.S.-Japan Alliance: President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Abe for Official Working Visit

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The Japanese Prime Minister (left) and the U.S. President (right) shake hands. Behind them are the U.S. and Japan flags, next to them are podiums.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and President Donald Trump, right, shake hands during a news conference at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.

A Strong U.S.-Japan Alliance: President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Abe for Official Working Visit

President Donald J. Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a summit meeting at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on April 17-18. The two leaders, joined by Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and other senior U.S. and Japanese government officials, affirmed their strong determination to strengthen our shared resolve on North Korea, and increase the capability of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to confront all emerging threats to peace, stability, and an international order based on the rule of law. The two leaders also expressed their joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and an enhanced U.S.-Japan economic relationship.

In his remarks on April 17, President Trump emphasized the U.S.-Japan cooperation regarding North Korea. “Japan and ourselves are locked, and we are much unified on the subject of North Korea,” the President said. The President and Prime Minister underscored the importance of our cooperation on these issues as well as a close alliance between our nations before a restricted bilateral meeting. 

On April 18, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe participated in a working lunch, and later a press availability. During the press conference, President Trump addressed a range of issues from the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea and U.S.-Japan security cooperation, to the U.S.-Japan trade relationship. 

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Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.