Amid renewed concern among America's allies about the U.S. president's commitment to them, Donald Trump is seeking to offer reassuring words after arriving in Japan for the Group of 20 leaders' summit.
During his first meeting in Osaka a working dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Trump was asked by a reporter about a perception that an “America alone” approach is adversely affecting some of Washington’s traditional closest allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We work with our allies. We take care of our allies,” Trump responded while noting he had “inherited massive trade deficits with our allies. And we even help our allies militarily.”
During the dinner Trump “stressed his commitment to maximizing the economic partnership with Australia through fair, balanced, and mutually beneficial trade and investment,” according to White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.
G-20 host Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, is hoping for reassuring words to be uttered publicly by Trump when they meet Friday morning in Osaka.
This followed a Bloomberg report that Trump has been musing to confidantes that he wants to withdraw from the “unfair” U.S.-Japan defense treaty, the backbone of the two former enemies' post-World War II alliance.
Japan's government welcomes the State Department and White House reassurances denying the report, Kevin Maher, former director of the State Department’s Office of Japan Affairs, tells VOA.
Source : VOA News