According to a readout of their recent meeting that was provided by the U.S. ambassador to Japan today, Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, urged Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, to have Japanese automakers produce more vehicles in the United States.
The two talked about the recent public announcements that were made by Japanese car makers, including the decision of Toyota Motor Corp to invest more in U.S. plants.
Ambassador William Hagerty stated: “We talked about the need to see more movement in that direction but I think the president feels very positive that we will see such movement because all the economics support that.”
President Trump has urged Japanese automakers to add more jobs in the United States as the White House threatens to impose additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported vehicles, on the grounds of national security.
Last Friday, President Trump said that it is possible that Japan and the United States could reach a new bilateral trade deal by the time that he visits Tokyo this coming May, however, he and Abe cited some areas where they differ with regards to trade issues.
In a phone call with reporters, Hagerty stated: “We want to ensure that the U.S. has trading terms with Japan that are no less favourable than any other nation.”
He added that President Trump is planning to attend the summit of the Group of 20 industrialized nations that is scheduled to take place this coming June in Osaka, Japan.
Separately, the ambassador disclosed that President Trump was optimistic that the trade negotiations with China would eventually be successful.