U.S/Japan Bilat – President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Video and Transcript…

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.  The U.S. and Japan have agreed to the terms of a trade deal. [Video and Transcript Below]


[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be here. We’re having some very good discussions, maybe even great discussions. And I will say that our relationship with Prime Minister Abe and Japan has been, I think, the best it’s ever been. I don’t know, I’ll let you speak to that. But I think it’s the best it’s ever been.

Go ahead.

We’re discussing trade. We’re doing a lot of trade together; a lot of military trade, actually, which is a big component. We’re also talking, obviously, about North Korea. And those discussions are going very well. And we’re discussing lots of other things. And the relationship between us, but also the relationship with us and the other countries, has really been — of the G7 — has really been outstanding.

From the moment we got here, we’ve been treated beautifully. I think I speak for Shinzo and myself. We’ve been treated beautifully. And I want to congratulate — and I have to say “thus far,” because we’re probably halfway through. But thus far, this has been really a great G7, and I want to congratulate France and your President because they have really done a great job.

Thank you.

PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) I would like to congratulate you on the birth of your 10th grandchild.


PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) And speaking of our intensive diplomatic engagement, as shown by my own visit to Washington, D.C. back in April, followed by you and Madam First Lady’s state visit to Japan in the month of May as a very first state guest under the new era called Reiwa, and also followed by our meeting on the margins of G20 Osaka Summit.

So, as shown by these meetings, we have been conducting very frequent exchange of opinions, as well as visits. And looking back at the history of Japan-U.S. relations, we’ve never seen this frequent level of visits between the two leaders as we have seen at this moment.

So I think it is fair to say that, we as the leaders of Japan and the United States, now enjoy a robust relationship of trust more so than ever, and same can be said vis-à-vis the status of the Japan-U.S. relations in general.

And thanks to your tremendous support for me as a chair of the G20 Osaka Summit, we could send out a really powerful message toward addressing various global challenges. And just as importantly, I am ready to work very closely with you, Donald, so as to bring this year’s G7 Summit to a successful conclusion.

So, on this occasion, I certainly look forward to discuss with you specific ways to deepen our alliance between the two countries and also the regional situations, including North Korea as well as Iran. And, of course, we look forward to discussing bilateral trade as well as the economic relationship. And I certainly hope to have a very productive discussion with you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you. And I want to also congratulate the great Matsuyama. You know who Matsuyama is? He’s a great golfer that we played with and we had a lot of fun.

And Shinzo is a very good golfer, and we have a lot of fun playing golf together. And we played with Ernie Els here, and Shinzo reciprocated with a great player, Matsuyama. And last week, in a big tournament — which is a one of the very biggest tournaments — he came in third, and he shot a 62 or 63 in the final round, which is not bad. Right? Which is not bad. So, he’s a great young man and he’s a great golfer. And please congratulate him for me. Thank you.


Q Mr. President, do you have a trade deal with Japan? Have you agreed on a trade deal?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’re working on one, and we’re fairly close. And I don’t know as to, Bob Lighthizer, what’s happening. Can you give us a status report?

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER: Well, we’re very close and we’ve been working intensively. And hopefully, as a result of this meeting, we’ll be able to come to an agreement on core principles.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: A very big deal. It’s a major deal with Japan. If it gets done, we’ll possibly know by the end of this meeting.

Q Mr. President, did you sign off on a statement to Iran — a message to Iran that President Macron says he’s going to deliver on behalf of all the G7 countries?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, I haven’t discussed that. No.

Q It’s —


Q Do you support President Macron’s outreach to Iranian authorities?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Sure. And I also support Prime Minister Abe’s outreach because he’s also speaking to Iran, and they have a very good relationship, from what I understand. But Iran is no longer the same country it was — as it was two and a half years ago. But we’ll do our own outreach. But, you know, I can’t stop people from talking. If they want to talk, they can talk.

Q What are some of the issues you all talked about at dinner last night?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Why don’t you tell me what we spoke about last night? (Laughter.)

Q I’m asking you, sir.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Because there was a lot of inaccurate reporting. We had a really good dinner last night.

And I had a fantastic lunch with the President of France yesterday. The best — frankly — and I told him, and I was totally honest — probably an hour and a half. Many of you saw it. I think it was the best hour and a half I’ve ever spent with him, President Macron.

It was a perfect period of time. And yet, I picked up stories, and I read like it was the opposite. It was really was. I mean, it doesn’t matter; you can write whatever you want to write. But it was false reporting.

We had a very, very good lunch, and we had a very, very good dinner last night. Everybody was at the dinner. And I think it was really good. We discussed Iran. We discussed trade. We discussed China. And we discussed many things. But it was a very, very good — a very good dinner.

Q Mr. President, you said you discussed Russia, and you said earlier it was a “lively” discussion. Do you feel that the other members of the G7 would encourage Russia to join again, the way you are?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think that’s a work in progress. We have a number of people that would like to see Russia back. I think it would be — I think it would be advantageous to many things in the world. I think it would be a positive. Other people agree with me. And it’s something that we’re discussing.

I don’t know that we’ll make a decision one way or the other, but we did have a discussion about Russia last night, as to whether or not we want to invite them back. I think it’s advantageous. I think it’s a positive. Other people agree with me, and some people don’t necessarily agree.

Q How do you expect to overcome those differences?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I don’t think we’re going to — maybe we won’t. Maybe we’ll just leave it the way it is.

Q Can you say who were some of those who agreed with you on inviting Russia back?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I could, but I don’t think it’s necessary. Some of the people that I was surprised — I was actually surprised at a couple of them because I didn’t think they had a good relationship, and it was good enough that they said, “Yes, we’d like to have them back.”

It’s — it’s ongoing discussion. No decision — no decision was made. We didn’t do a vote or anything. Just discussion.

Q Are you concerned at all about North Korea conducting more tests?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’m not happy about it. But, again, he’s not in violation of an agreement. We speak. I received a very nice letter from him last week. We speak. He was upset that South Korea was doing the “war games,” as you call them. I don’t think they were necessary either, if you want to know the truth.

And I said to my people, “You can have them or not. I would recommend against them, but I’m going to let you do exactly what you want to do.” I said that to all of my people. I said, “I don’t want to interfere because I think if you want to do them, you can do them, if you think it’s necessary. But I think it’s a total waste of money.” And they did a modified version of them.

John Bolton, would you say that’s correct? It’s a very much —

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: Yes, very much modified.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: — modified version. But I think it was unnecessary to do, frankly.

Q Any update on another meeting with North Korea?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Probably have one. Yeah. Probably. But — so I’m not — I’m not liking short range because short range is Shinzo’s — you know, it’s really his territory. I mean, I’d like to ask, Shinzo, how do you feel about North Korea and the testing of short-range missiles? He’s not thrilled.

PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) So, our position is very clear: That the launch of short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea clearly violates the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. So, in that sense, it was extremely regrettable for us to experience another round of the launch of the short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea in recent days.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And I can understand how the Prime Minister of Japan feels. I mean, I can. It’s different. But, I mean, I can understand that fully.

Q Mr. Prime Minister, would you like President Trump to come further to your position on this?

PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) As we have done before, I would like to make sure that we — meaning, myself and President Trump — will always stay on the same page when it comes to North Korea.

And also, I would like to underscore that I fully support the U.S.-North Korea process 100 percent.

Q But are you on the same page, if you see these things so differently? I mean —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think, ultimately, we’re always on the same page. As long as he’s Prime Minister and as long as I’m President, I think we’re always on the same page.

Q Sorry, but, Mr. President, you don’t think that the short-term — or the short missile launches are —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, because I never —

Q — are a violation of U.N. resolutions?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: — because I never discussed that with him personally. I mean, you’re talking about personally; I never discussed that with him. I discussed long-range ballistic, and, that, he cannot do. And he hasn’t been doing it. And he hasn’t been doing nuclear testing. He has done short range, much more standard missiles. A lot of people are testing those missiles, not just him. A lot of people are testing those missiles. We’re in the world of missiles, folks, whether you like it or not.

I have confidence that, in the end, Kim Jong Un — who I’ve gotten to know very well — will do the right thing. I feel that he will do the right thing. I think it’s to his advantage to do the right thing. I think North Korea has tremendous potential as a country, economically. I think it’s got — I think, maybe, there’s no country that you could talk of in terms of emerging that has the potential that North Korea has. I think he understands that better than anybody. And I think, in the end, he will do the right thing.

We’ll see. Maybe not, but maybe. But I think he’ll do the right thing. We’ll see what happens.

Thank you all very much.


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23 Responses to U.S/Japan Bilat – President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Video and Transcript…

  1. SPECULATION: WINNING through the JUSA Trade Deal
    [Repost from Presidential thread]

    Japan just became the Free-through-Fair non-Tariff Agriculture CONDUIT from USA to ASIA
    • Corn
    • Pork
    • Wheat
    • Beef … etc.

    Japan just snapped up ALL that Corn and Pork that China needs to avoid Starvation!

    • Japan needs much of it to make up for domestic insect-driven shortages.

    • Japan can charge DOUBLE for any leftovers China comes begging for.

    • China just lost ALL Agriculture Leverage vs the USA.

    Japan’s profit from Ag-to-China will fund any Industrial-Tariff Losses.
    [China will Pay for Ag Injuries]

    USA gets Export access to Japan’s Industrial Markets.

    Japan’s mighty Industrial Capacity (robotics, etc) will be deployed to accelerate the USA’s Re-Industrialization displacement of Imports from China.

    Japan escapes USA Tariffs on Industrial Machinery.

    Japan escapes future increases in USA Auto Tariffs
    … Having EARNED it through Japanese Auto [Toyota+] Manufacturing expansions in the USA.
    [Coming at you, EU!]

    Japan will join the USA to DISENGAGE the World from China’s 5g Technology Infiltration.
    [PLUS Belt-and-Road …]

    Ho-Re Cow!

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    • USA-Japan BILATERAL Reciprocal Trade Deal will be signed September 17th
    … As the ENTIRE WORLD watches [China Face-Plant]
    … At the UN 74th General Assembly [Who’s Next]
    … In the USA! [Titan Trump’s Optics]

    • Lighthizer will now be “Unavailable” for more China Talks until late September
    … As he’ll be preoccupied finishing the JUSA text until then.

    • China’s going to have to “Sacrifice YUGELY” to earn a meeting before November
    … As Lighthizer will then be negotiating the Trade Deal for BREXIT until then.

    • Will Brazil be stepping in to negotiate a “BRUSA” Deal before Christmas?

    Japan just bought National Security LEVERAGE over CHINA!
    • NORK Rocket Launches => NO Food Sales to China [Masses STARVING]
    • NO NORK Denuclearization => NO Food to China [Masses RIOTING]

    Japan’s Nikkei Stock Market will be SURGING at China’s EXPENSE!
    • Investors exit China Market IMPLOSION for the Upside-in-Japan
    • Hong Kong Wealth flees to Japan to in fear of China CONFISCATION

    • The UK’s PM BOJO will brand himself a first-month FAILURE
    … Unless he announces a USA-UK Trade Deal before leaving the G7

    • President Trump’ Re-Election will be a LANDSLIDE.

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  3. Paul B. says:

    Can’t help but think Trump conducting substantive bilaterals at meetings like the G7 and then making announcements of this scale there is a huge thumbing of the nose at the globalist elements there. He knows that America doing bi-lats is not only better for us, it is a dagger to the heart of globalism. Trump is a disruptive element, indeed.

    Liked by 7 people

    • margarite1 says:

      President Trump is re-configuring the world to our advantage by leveraging our great and good power of a free society.

      It had to be done. China is a menace, and will continue to be a menace and it’s our fault that ever happened in the first place. From Nixon on we were bowing to those who oppose us hoping they’d turn benign. Hong Kong etc shows how that worked out. The left has been doing the same with Islam and it’s destroying their societies.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      But …but what about Macron’s agenda of global warming, and gender issues, and space ecology? These were Macron’s power plays, spurred on the by the globalist wolves in sheeps clothing. They just became irrelevant. Trump, holding the spigot for the U$ consumer market OWNS the G7 show with his side meetings.

      These winnamins are TOO BIG!! I can’t swallow them, and more comming.

      Our Lion is bathing the country in winnamin water!!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Perot Conservative says:

    This will also be judged in relation to TPP.

    Early news reports from Japan say auto tariffs stay at 2.5%, and other ag components equal to TPP, so that should open up Japan for us, as Australia and Canada have been selling lots of ag to them.

    Unsure what we gain over TPP. TBD. What do we get for not tariffing autos 25%?

    How will we alter the trade imbalance? TBD.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Perot Conservative says:

      Great news on the potential Agreement. Needed (timing) during this upcoming Japanese ‘Diet’ period, or any trade deal would take another year to ratify. Speed was important.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. MfM says:

    I watched a longer video by a few minutes and what struck me that I mentioned in the G7 thread was the Japanese calling this a win-win agreement.

    Hear that China? You lost you leverage because you weren’t willing to have a fair deal were everyone won.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Fools Gold says:

    A great trade deal with japan was just announced on Fox and POTUS. To be Formalized in about a month. Chalk up another Win! MAGA!

    Liked by 2 people

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