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Trump reportedly told Japan PM Shinzo Abe ‘I remember Pearl Harbor’

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Donald Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the
Oval Office on June 7, 2018.

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly told Japanese prime
    minister Shinzo Abe “I remember Pearl Harbor” during a
    meeting at the White House in June, the Washington Post
    reported on Tuesday.
  • The reported comment is part of an increasingly
    complicated relationship between the two world
    leaders.
  • Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Japan, and
    Abe hasn’t retaliated.

President Donald Trump reportedly caught Japanese prime minister
Shinzo Abe off guard with a comment about Pearl Harbor during a
meeting at the White House in June, according to the
Washington Post
.

Trump reportedly said “I remember Pearl Harbor” to Abe in what
was described as a “tense” meeting, referring to the attack by
Japan on the United States that led to the US entering World War
II.

Multiple diplomats spoke to the Post anonymously to describe the
president’s increasingly fraught relationship with Abe, as
Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum hit Japan’s economy and his
policies on North Korea differ from Abe’s desired approach.

Trump reportedly ignored advice from Abe on negotiating with
North Korea before meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore this
past June, according to the report.

A diplomat could not explain the meaning of Trump’s comment about
Pearl Harbor, but told the Post Trump appreciates historical
references and mentions Japan’s “samurai past”.

Trump and Abe have had a largely positive relationship, often
bonding on the golf course. Abe has even stayed at Trump’s private
Mar-a-Lago club
in Palm Beach, Florida during one of their
many meetings.

The two have met eight times since Trump took office, which is
more than any other world leader. And they’ve spoken on the
phone 26 times, according to the Post.

Calling him his “good friend”, Trump sees Abe as a respected
counterpart and a good negotiator, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Abe has lauded Trump’s leadership as “outstanding” and
“remarkable”, and has not retaliated against Trump’s
tariffs. Abe even gave Trump a gold-plated golf club worth
$3,800, according to the Post.

Despite the recent strain in the US-Japan relationship, both
countries say that the partnership remains strong and that Abe’s
relationship with Trump is better than it was with President
Barack Obama.

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