Trump tells Japan it’s time to reduce U.S. trade deficit

President Trump, hailing the U.S.-Japan alliance but calling for reducing America’s trade deficit with its ally, urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to buy “massive amounts of military equipment” from the U.S. “It’s a lot of jobs for us and a lot of safety for Japan,” Trump said. Earlier, Trump told business leaders that Japan had an unfair advantage in trade with the U.S. In a joint press briefing with Abe, Trump also promised to counter North Korea’s “dangerous aggressions, saying that “the era of strategic patience is over.” Abe said Japan supports Trump’s earlier assurance that “all options are on the table” with respect to North Korea, and that stepping up pressure on Pyongyang is better than continuing dialogue.

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