US. President Donald Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 26, 2019 at the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
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The two discussed recent public announcements by Japanese automakers, including the decision by Toyota Motor Corp. to invest more in US assets.
"We talked about the need to see more movement in this direction, but I think the President is very confident that we will see such a move because all economic agents support that," said Ambassador William Hagerty.
Trump has urged Japanese automakers to add more jobs in the United States, as the White House threatens to impose tariffs on imported vehicles of up to 25 percent for national security reasons.
Trump said on Friday that it is possible that the United States and Japan could come to a new bilateral trade agreement before visiting Tokyo in May, but he and Abe cite areas where they differ in trade.
"We want to make sure the US has trading conditions with Japan that are no less favorable than any other nation," Hagerty said in a call to reporters.
He added that Trump plans to attend the summit of the group of 20 industrial nations scheduled to take place in June in Osaka, Japan. Regardless, Trump was optimistic that trade talks with China would be successful, the ambassador said.
Reporting by Chris Sanders and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Andrea Ricci