Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to meet on February 10 to discuss US-Japan alliance. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Saturday (January 29) to meet early next month for broad-ranging discussions and confirmed the importance of the bilateral alliance. "We agreed to meet on February 10. We confirmed over the phone the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliances and economic importance. I hope to have direct and frank discussions with him on February 10th as well about general economic issues and the security alliance," Abe told reporters. A White House spokesman confirmed on Saturday that the February 10 meeting is set to take place in Washington D.C. President Donald Trump told Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday that the United States is committed to ensuring Japan's security, the White House said in a statement. "President Trump affirmed the ironclad U.S. commitment to ensuring the security of Japan," the White House said, noting the leaders discussed U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis' scheduled trip to Japan and North Korea's nuclear threat. "The two leaders also committed to deepen the bilateral trade and investment relationship," the White House said. Trump's administration has put the focus of the Abe visit, one of the first summits of the new presidency, on starting bilateral trade talks. Japan says it is preparing for all contingencies in dealing with Trump, who pulled America out of an Asia-Pacific trade deal Japan had championed and who has said Japan does not offer fair access to U.S. carmakers.