Unusual “Trilat” – President Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and Australian PM Turnbull…

Some last minute modifications to President Trump’s schedule appear to have ended up adding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a previously scheduled bilateral meeting with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull (suspicious cat’s nemesis down under).

I think President Trump wanted to include PM Abe because there was no bilateral meeting with Abe scheduled.  Regardless, the trio conducted a trilateral meeting immediately following the video below:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s great to be with Prime Minister Turnbull and Prime Minister Abe of Australia and of Japan. You know them well; I know them well.

We’ve had many meetings. We’re having another one right now, primarily focused on trade, North Korea, other subjects. But we’re very far along. The dialogue has been very good, I think, for all countries. And we look forward to the continuation of that dialogue.

Mr. Prime Minister, would you like to say something?

PRIME MINISTER TURNBULL: Thank you, Mr. President. It is great to be with you and Prime Minister Abe. We’re working very closely together. We’ve got the same values and the same focus on ensuring that the North Korean regime comes to its senses and stops its reckless provocation and threats of conflict in our region.

Peace and stability have underpinned the prosperity of billions of people over many decades, and we’re going to work together to ensure we maintain it.

PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) So for three of us, the immediate challenge is the issue of North Korea. And also, three very close partners with each other — Japan, the United States, and Australia — share fundamental values, as well as strategic interest.

So I do hope that we are going to have a meaningful discussion, particularly on the issue of North Korea so as to ensure regional peace and stability.

And also, I think the key for us is to ensure very close trilateral cooperation so as to bring peace and stability on the ground. So I do look forward to having a very productive discussion with the two leaders.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: In addition, a lot of things are happening on trade. And I’ll be announcing pretty much what happened here, and also with other meetings, including China and South Korea and lots of other places. We’ll be announcing that, for the most part, in a statement. I’ll make it from the White House, as opposed to from here. We’ll probably do that on Wednesday. We’ll give you a chance to sleep. Because the press, I have to tell you, I’m very impressed — you’ve stayed with us. You were able to hang in there. I’m very proud of you. (Laughter.) But it’s not finished. Steve, it’s not finished. You have one day left.

Q (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: But see, we care for you. So we’ll be making —

Q Mr. President —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Excuse me, we’ll be making a statement when we get back from the White House sometime during Wednesday. And it will be a very complete statement as to trade, as to North Korea, as to a lot of other things.

We’ve made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China — that was $250 billion and going up very substantially from that.

But we’ve made a lot of big progress on trade. We have deficits with almost everybody. Those deficits are going to be cut very quickly and very substantially.

PRIME MINISTER TURNBULL: Except us. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Except with you. You’re the only one. (Laughter.) And if I check it, I’ll probably find out that was —


PRESIDENT TRUMP: So we’ll be making a major statement on Wednesday. And this has been a very fruitful trip for us and, also, in all fairness, for a lot of other nations. The way they’ve treated us, the respect that Japan and China and South Korea, in particular — because we went there — have treated us has been really a great respect for the people of our country, the people of the United States.

And we very much appreciate it, I will say that. It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received. And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps, for me a little bit, but really for our country. And I’m very proud that.

So we’ll be making a statement on Wednesday. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you very much.

END 11:15 A.M. PHT


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37 Responses to Unusual “Trilat” – President Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and Australian PM Turnbull…

  1. snailmailtrucker says:

    President Trump is one classy dude !

    Liked by 18 people

  2. Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

    He’s so mastered the art of Trolling…. obama and the media will be fuming forever!

    Liked by 13 people

  3. citizen817 says:

    It’s gratifying to have respect on the world stage again.

    Liked by 18 people

  4. Queensland Kel says:

    It’s been widely reported in Australia that Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are leading a campaign to press ahead with the TPP agreement without the US, but are leaving open an option for the US to rejoin at some point.

    So in that context this meeting makes perfect sense.

    Liked by 8 people

    • sundance says:

      Interesting. Yeah, that would make sense given the timing and location.

      Liked by 6 people

      • WVPatriot says:

        Why would we ever want to be in any trade deal that is anything but bi-lateral? Even tri-lateral can be 2 votes to 1 against you? 66 2/3% against 33 1/3% is a losing position.

        Liked by 16 people

        • WVPatriot says:

          NAFTA proved that point.

          Liked by 12 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Agreed completely. The only way a trilateral really works is three people who are Trump-level players, with that level of honesty and fairness, and they all understand that there is SOME way the three can WIN by a kind of round-robin effect. But realistically, that can be achieved just as well through three bilateral treaties, and it’s more robust.

          My suspicion earlier was that this has some kind of military or cyber reason. Not sure I still think that, but those would be the two of the “Five Guys” 😉 nations, and Japan is the one living next to Crazy Short Fat Rocket Kid.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          I agree. Perplexing.
          We all know President Trump always makes American First deals…so I’m wondering if he’s encouraging them to go ahead with TPP, just to entrap Mexico and Canada into TPP. After all, it was Canamex who allowed and helped the illegal aliens and gangs invaded our country and endangered us…
          A chess move to cancel NAFTA?
          Just my thoughts running thru my head.

          Liked by 5 people

        • Multilateral trade pacts for the United States invariably results in ceding sovereignty to a trade tribunal and that must never happen. Trade should only occur if the trading partners are mutually benefited. There was increasingly less mutuality in NAFTA as there definitely would be in the TPP for the United States.

          Liked by 1 person

  5. NC Mom says:

    WOW! The body language is something to behold here! So very positive. The relaxed grins by Abe and Turnbull show just how successful POTUS has been!!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Hoosier says:

      Did you see Trump glaring at Turnstyle while he was talking? Go rewatch. Trump looks down his nose at him. Compare it to the body language with Abe. He gave Bullturn the same look he gave Shrillary in the debates. Utter disdain. With Abe he was smiling and looking at the audience.

      Liked by 9 people

      • maiingankwe says:

        Yeah, I had caught that. I couldn’t help but think our President was probably having thoughts along the lines of, “Sheesh, you politicians all talk alike. Abe and I killed you in the meeting…”


    • Carrie2 says:

      NC Mom, but Trump looks tired but after a grueling many days and travel, he deserves at least a couple of days of complete rest, but knowing his work ethic, ain’t gonna happen. He has renewed America and now so many other countries by encouraging the people of those countries for a better life and future. Thank you, Pres. Trump for all your hard work at home and abroad and making the planet more peaceful and working together.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jonathon Elliott says:

    I don’t see anything noteworthy in this. This looks to me the usual defense related stuff, I’d be surprised if any significant trilateral trade deal is being discussed. This is mainly about the Norks and China. The US has been pushing the ‘trilateral’ (US, Aus, Jap) and even floating ‘quadrilateral’ (US, Aus, Jap, India) strategic defense relationships as a counterweight to expanding Chinese influence for at least a decade. The quadrilateral thing has been a non starter as India have no interest in the south china sea or north korea. Japan are also unlikely to be interested in getting involved in the south china sea disputes. But in this case the common cause is the North Koreans and Australia and Japan are in lock step behind the US on that issue. So the joint presser is just a reaffirmation of that common cause.


  7. jeans2nd says:

    “there was no bilateral meeting with Abe scheduled”

    No bilat was needed with Abe, Pres Trump and Abe just spent several days together.

    You all think Turnbull & Abe were trying to persuade Pres Trump to accept TPP?
    Nope, imo. Abe knows better than to think anyone would persuade Pres Trump to change his mind, not w/o massive renegotiation

    And recall that famous phone call Turnbull had w/Pres Trump right after the inauguration.
    Turnbull knows better as well.
    This was more likely a two-against-one to persuade Turnbull to the Trump-Abe side re: China and possibly NoKo, imo.
    But, idk. Whatever the reason, it’s gonna turn out Great!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Orygun says:

      Trump and Abe see eye to eye on a lot of issues and I think they just teamed up to try and talk sense to the liberal minded Turnbull. He is nearly the down under version of sock boy with his perpetual vacant grin.
      The US and Japan together using trade as a bargaining chip is pretty persuasive.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        ‘Perpetual Vacant Grin’….that’s it…perfect.
        The hippies in the 60s had that grin while living in their NoCal communes
        Spaced-out grin
        Far-out grin


  8. Publius2016 says:

    Between Australia and Japan, we cover nearly the entire Pacific…Security may be First on agenda.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. aredtailblog says:

    Suppose I’m in the camp here of hoping that this and future meetings with Australia and Japan are strictly about defense and not about the TPP (or rather America going into it). The other countries can have that nonsense.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. annieoakley says:

    I remember reading at CTH that several countries were all set to sign some trade agreement when Canada showed up late and with additional demands?


    • MVW says:

      Yes, Canada has shifting trade sands with NAFTA dissolving. New socks will be needed, and new calculations.

      Also, Canada is likely learning bigly as a result of negotiations with the top negotiators of the world that Trump brought to bear on this trade agreement.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Alligator Gar says:

        MVW, I read your last line as “Trump brought a bear to this trade agreement”. Lol!! He brought THREE bears plus a LION to the trade agreement……I can’t stop laughing. MAGA!!!


  11. MVW says:

    I would guess that NOKO was the prime subject, NOKO ships. Still, it is never, ever the one thing…

    Liked by 1 person

  12. maiingankwe says:

    I could be a bit naive, but I was thinking our President was just trying to get Japan some good bi-lateral trade deals for their country. If Australia is the only or one of the few countries we don’t have a deficit with, I would think they would be the easiest to get a trade deal going that was fair from the beginning or close to. If this is the case, it would definitely strengthen Japan’s loyalty to ours, which is always a good thing.

    I also think that they were talking about the NK and probably a few other subjects as well. Lots of good points made here and for me to ponder on.
    Thank you,


    • james jones says:

      Hmmm. Didn’t Bozo sign off treaty rights so Australia can now trade easier with Australia?? That and a more liberal leader there spells new trouble for the land down under. Will they be plundered economically now by China?


    • james jones says:

      Hmmm. Didn’t Bozo sign off treaty rights so China can now trade easier with Australia?? That and a more liberal leader there spells new trouble for the land down under. Will they be plundered economically now by China?

      Liked by 1 person

  13. The shrieking from the press– particularly from entitled feminist reporters with their globalist agenda– is embarrassing. Not to mention grating to the ears.

    Anyway, it’s been a great trip. A $250-$300 billion dollar order for Boeing alone! That translates into real wage American jobs, plus untold “spin-off” businesses that will profit.

    Not tired of winning.


  14. matt3480 says:

    I actually was in Sydney in late June…… crazy to see how they were going out of their way to welcome refugees and aliens.Meaning big flags and signs at emabasys… Also was perplexed that they had a pretty widely viewed town hall meeting on TV with NSW elected officials and 2 members of the US main stream media about how Trump was so dangerous to the world….. very disappointing although my discussions with locals (boots not the ground) were much more realistic…. they had no idea of the peculiars of many of the Obama polices….. we got into a great debate about healthcare, which they had a completely different idea of through their media presentations, and to their credit the local people i discussed with honestly had no idea how bad obamacare was for the middle class as well as no idea about Trump…… Just an interesting trip and interactions …. literally the locals people i engaged with thought Trump would get pissed off and fire off a nuclear bomb at someone (including themselves) LOL


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