President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake fingers in Tokyo Nov. 6. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
TOKYO — President Trump continued his powerful line on each North Korea and commerce Monday, standing alongside Japanese Prime Minster and promising to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace.”
At a day information convention with Abe right here, Trump declared, “the era of strategic patience is over,” and promised to counter “the dangerous aggressions” of a rustic whose chief the president has repeatedly dubbed “Rocket Man.”
“The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly overly Japanese territory,” Trump stated. “We will not stand for that.”
In his personal remarks, Abe affirmed Trump’s stance, saying Japan helps the president’s earlier feedback that “all options are on the table” and equally favors an strategy of accelerating strain on North Korea somewhat than persevering with dialogue with the nation.
Responding to a query — directed at Abe — about information experiences that Trump had beforehand instructed to the Japanese prime minister that the “samurai” nation ought to have merely shot down the North Korean missiles that flew over it earlier than crashing into the Pacific Ocean earlier this 12 months, the president answered as an alternative on Abe’s behalf.
“He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,” Trump stated. “The prime minister is going to be purchasing mbadive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far.”
Trump’s remarks got here throughout his second full day in Japan — the primary cease on a five-country, 12-day swing by Asia — and follows a sequence of occasions and conferences designed to underscore the shut private relationship between the 2 leaders.
On Sunday, Abe and Trump golfed 9 holes at a rustic membership right here — jovially exchanging a fist-bump at one level — and Abe made certain that Trump, a choosy eater, was served a burger specifically made with American beef. He additionally designed a number of golf caps mimicking Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats from the marketing campaign path: “Donald & Shinzo: Make Alliance Even Greater,” learn Abe’s twist on the Trump’s signature slogan.
And on Monday, the 2 males each fed Koi in a pond at one of many nation’s palaces — a quintessential photograph alternative till Trump, ever-impatient, overturned his small wood field of fish meals and dumped your entire meal into the pond.
But regardless of the nice and cozy remarks on each side — “Indeed, how many hours of dialogue did we have?” Abe even requested, at one level, recalling their friendship that dates again to the prime minister’s journey to Trump Tower earlier than Trump had even been sworn in — Trump took a hard-line on commerce earlier within the day Monday, scolding Japan for the “mbadive trade deficits” between the nations.
“For the last many decades, Japan has been winning, you do know that,” Trump informed a gathering of enterprise leaders right here. “We want fair and open trade, but right now our trade with Japan is not fair and it’s not open. But I know it will be, soon. We want free and reciprocal trade, but right now our trade with Japan is not free and it’s not reciprocal, and I know it will be.”
In the information convention, Trump largely prevented a query about whether or not his powerful stance on commerce places him on a collision course with China. But he did say the U.S. was going through a “very unfair trade situation” with China, which he visits later this week, and reiterated his perception that “reciprocal” commerce between the U.S. and any nation is his choice.
Trump, who nonetheless has greater than every week left on his journey by the area and appeared in excessive spirits when he first arrived in Japan, appeared to have wilted by the point he stepped behind his lectern Monday afternoon. He spoke in a largely flat monotone, and leaned on the lectern at factors.
Gone had been his trademark thrives, which reappeared solely a handful of occasions, similar to when he took a part of Abe’s query to tout the U.S.’s fighter jets and missiles (“the best military equipment by far”) and promise that Japan would have the ability to tackle future North Korea missiles with precision after shopping for U.S. techniques (“He will shoot them out of the sky”).