Trump to Host Japanese Prime Minister at Mar-a-Lago Resort

| APR 2, 2018 | 4:43 PM

President Donald Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida for a mid-April summit, the White House said on Monday.

Trump and Abe will meet April 17-18 in Palm Beach, Florida, to discuss trade and the president’s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“The two leaders will discuss the international campaign to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea in advance of President Trump’s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties between the United States and Japan, two of the world’s wealthiest and most innovative economies,” Sanders continued.

This is not the first time that President Trump has used his golfing estate to host international diplomats. Both Abe, who previously visited the resort last February, and Chinese President Xi Jinping have been invited to what the president refers to as “the winter White House.”

During the meeting, the Japanese leader and the president will likely discuss the new tariffs on China announced by Trump last month, which were designed to end what he views as unfair trade practices.

The meeting between the two leaders was set just one month after Trump said he would meet with North Korea’s Kim in a first-of-its-kind summit to discuss denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

That meeting will take place on April 27 on the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone.

President Trump has expressed his belief that Kim will negotiate for peace in the region, saying on Twitter that there was a “good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity,” when the two meet.