Trump meets with Japan's Shinzo Abe at White House — live updates

By Kathryn Watson

/ CBS News

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President Trump is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday, as the U.S. and Japan attempt to reach a trade deal. The two, as well as their U.S. and Japanese counterparts, will discuss a range of national security and economic issues, according to the White House.

Abe is in Washington for two days. Mr. Trump wants Japan to move towards a bilateral free trade agreement, but Japan has been reluctant, preferring instead an accord that includes several countries. Together, the U.S. and Japanese economies account for nearly a third of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). On Friday, Mr. Trump told reporters he and Abe would talk about "missiles and rockets and everything else," as they work towards a deal. Mr. Trump told reporters he thinks a deal could happen "fairly quickly."

North Korea is also likely to come up, after the president's failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Washington Post first reported Thursday, and CBS News confirmed, that the North Koreans handed the U.S. a $2 million bill for the medical expenses of the now-late American student Otto Warmbier. Mr. Trump insisted on Twitter and to reporters Friday morning that no payment was made.

Abe has visited the White House before, and this year, Mr. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit him in Japan May 25 to 28. Mr. Trump said they may attend a sumo wrestling match during the visit.

"This is really about deepening our global partnership with Japan, it's also about our alliance, our partnership and the President's personal friendship with Prime Minister Abe," one senior administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday. "President Trump has consulted closely with Prime Minister Abe since the beginning of his presidency. The two leaders have met on multiple occasions and held dozens of phone calls or meetings since President Trump has been in office."

First published on April 26, 2019 / 4:54 PM

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Kathryn Watson

Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.

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