President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, on the right, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe leave on Tuesday, April 1
7:55 pm  The White House says the US had held talks "at the highest level" with the North Korean government in advance of a planned summit. The White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, says these talks are not directly related to President Donald Trump.
Trump seemed to answer in the affirmative on Tuesday evening whether he had spoken directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he said, as he sat down to dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, "Let's miss it a bit" and added, "We had talks at the highest level."
Trump Receives Abe in His Private Area Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
Last month, Trump surprised an invitation from Kim to meet in person in the coming months
President Donald Trump says the US and North Korea are speaking directly and at "extremely high levels" ahead of a possible meeting with Kim Jong Un.
Trump spoke at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Florida private club. The two leaders are trying to coordinate their thinking at the summit, which Trump would like to hold in the coming two months.
The President did not answer any questions about whether he had talked to Kim.
Trump told Abe he would raise the subject of the kidnappers arrested by North Korea, whom Abe calls "the highest priority in Japan," during a potential meeting with Kim.
President Donald Trump says talks between North and South Korea, who want to end their decade-long war, have his blessing.
When he welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his private club in Florida, Trump confirms that the two Koreas are negotiating an end to hostilities. A meeting between North Korean Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is expected next week. Trump said the leaders had "my blessing" to discuss an official end to the war. Meanwhile, Trump says five sites are being considered for the historic meeting between the US and North Korea, which he hopes will take place in the next two
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praises President Donald Trump's "courage" to accept North Korea's invitation to Kim Jong Un for a face-to-face meeting.
When Abe begins two days after meeting with Trump on North Korea's policy and trade issues, Abe believes the US and Japan's efforts to "put maximum pressure" on Kim's government have been successful.
Abe says, "I'd like to recommend Donald's courage for his decision to hold the upcoming North Korean leader summit." Trump says five locations are being considered for this meeting, which could take place within two months.
Abe added that he will raise the issue of Japanese abductees detained in North Korea calling it "a priority issue for Japan".
President Donald Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his Mar-a-Day. Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
On the agenda of their two-day summit: Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Japan looks on with caution.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss other issues, including trade and energy. Abe will likely persuade Trump to exempt Japan from new import duties on steel and aluminum and encourage him to return to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership.
You can also expect a round of golf.
It's Abe's second trip to the private Florida club that Trump has referred to as the "Winter White House".
The White House leaves open the possibility to grant exemptions for steel and aluminum tariffs for Japan President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are preparing for the start of a two-day summit in Florida in front.
Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, says that Japan's lifting of Trump's sanctions or starting negotiations on a new trade agreement with Japan is "all on the table".
Most other US major allies, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico, have received exceptions to the protectionist measures that came into force last month. Getting priority for Abe at the summit is a priority for Abe.
Trump briefed Kudlow last week to chair the review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, but Kudlow says it's more thought-out than done.
President Donald Trump will host Japan's Shinzo Abe in Mar-a-Lago this week as tensions between the two countries over the President's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his urges for new tariffs.
The visit, starting on Tuesday, will be an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss Trump's upcoming summit with North Korea, which Japan is watching carefully.
It will also serve as a test of whether the Fond's personal relationship, which the two leaders have forged on the course and over meetings and phone calls, has cooled off Trump's recent moves, including his failure to Japan's new steel and aluminum tariffs to free.
White Hou Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday she expects the visit to be "very positive."
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