President Trump is in Japan for high-stakes talks about trade with the U.S. and other key issues. Air Force One landed in Tokyo on Saturday for the start of a four-day visit for Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
There is a deep uneasiness between the U.S. and Japan after the president threatened to impose stiff tariffs on Japanese cars and parts. The trip is the president’s second visit to Japan since taking office, and the country is once again rolling out the red carpet.
On Saturday, the president met with high profile Japanese business executives, and on Monday, Mr. Trump will be the first world leader to meet Emperor Naruhito. He was installed last month after his father abdicated the throne due to old age.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has gone out of his way to woo Mr. Trump. A senior administration official said Mr. Trump and Abe have now met or spoken more than 40 times.
The prime minister has worked to cater to the president’s preferences. After a likely golf outing Sunday, the two leaders are expected to dine on hamburgers, and visit a sumo wrestling match this weekend. The president will be handing out a so-called “Trump trophy” to the winner.
When they get down to the business to discuss, the president said military and trade issues are on the agenda, which could include Japan agreeing to buy more American military hardware, including F-35 fighter jets.
But it’s a brewing military conflict in the middle east that has the president’s attention.
The Pentagon announced Friday that it would send an additional 900 troops to build up defenses after blaming Iran for recent attacks. The U.S. has also deployed B-52 bombers and an aircraft carrier to the region.
The Trump administration is declaring an emergency over Iran and said it will now sell more arms to Saudi Arabia. This is a move congress had previously blocked.
“Right now, I don’t think Iran wants to fight, and I certainly don’t think they want to fight with us,” Mr. Trump said before departing for his trip.
Of course, it is Memorial Day weekend, and Mr. Trump plans to visit a U.S. Naval base in Japan on Tuesday to greet troops before heading back home.