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Trump Invokes Pearl Harbor During Meeting With Shinzo Abe

Posted August 29, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Yaron Steinbuch – New York Post)

President Trump invoked Pearl Harbor during a heated meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House.

“I remember Pearl Harbor,” Trump told Abe on June 7 about the infamous Japanese attack that propelled the US into World War II, The Washington Post reported.

Trump then assailed Tokyo’s economic policies, lashing out against the US trade deficit with Japan and urging Abe to negotiate a bilateral trade deal that is more advantageous to US beef and auto exporters, sources familiar with the conversation told the paper.

The two leaders met after Trump had imposed steep steel and aluminum tariffs on Japan and other US allies, and just days before he traveled to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The meeting left Abe exasperated, the paper reported — but despite the rancorous discussion, the two leaders have a warm rapport, have met eight times and talked on the phone 26 times. Click here to read more.