BLOOMBERG: U.S.-Japan Announce Trade Talks, Don’t Agree on What to Discuss




April 18th, 2018 | By Jennifer Epstein and Isabel Reynolds – 

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced another new trade dialogue Wednesday, while disagreeing on what kind of deal they should aim for.

“The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal — very important word — trade. And we’re committed to pursuing a bilateral trade agreement that benefits both of our great countries,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Abe at the end of a two-day summit at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort.

Abe responded by saying “I am aware of U.S. interest in a bilateral deal. But we want to approach the discussions from the point of view that the TPP is best for both of the countries,” referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that Trump pulled the U.S. out of in his first week in office.

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