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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan (all occasions local): eight:10 p.m. President Donald Trump has invoked the identify of the period underneath Japan’s new emperor in his toast at…

TOKYO (AP) — The Newest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan (all occasions local):

eight:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump has invoked the identify of the period beneath Japan’s new emperor in his toast at an imperial banquet in his honor.

Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne on Might 1 ushered within the era of Reiwa (RAY’-wah), which suggests “beautiful harmony.”

Within the toast at Monday’s banquet in Tokyo, Trump requested that the “cherished bond” between the U.S. and Japan be preserved for the youngsters “in the spirit of beautiful harmony.”

Trump quoted historic Japanese poetry and stated he and first woman Melania Trump will never forget the “gracious” invitation they acquired to satisfy Naruhito.

Naruhito in his toast described his family’s ties with previous U.S. presidents and stated he sincerely welcomed Trump’s second go to to Japan.


7:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace for a banquet in his honor.

The president and first woman Melania Trump are being hosted by the new Emperor Naruhito and his spouse, Empress Masako. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) and his wife, Akie, also are anticipated to attend the black-tie dinner with scores of different visitors.

The meal caps a busy Monday that made Trump the primary phrase chief to satisfy with Naruhito since his Might 1 ascension to the throne.

Trump then spent hours meeting with Abe to discuss issues together with North Korea and trade.


four:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump sided with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and continued to criticize former Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden — this time on the world stage.

Trump stated in response to a query at a joint press convention with the prime minister of Japan that Kim “made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. Trump said the assessment “probably is based on his record. I think I agree with him on that.”

Trump had been asked why he had appeared to aspect with a brutal autocrat as an alternative of a former vice chairman.

There had long been a practice of American leaders and candidates avoiding partisan speak on overseas soil.


4:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the U.S. isn’t ready to make a trade cope with China, but he’s leaving open the likelihood that the 2 nations might strike an settlement someday.

Speaking in Tokyo Monday, Trump stated of China, “they would like to make a deal. We’re not ready to make a deal.” He added, “We’re taking in tens of millions of dollars of tariffs and that number could go up very, very substantially, very easily.”

Still, Trump predicted a “very good deal with China sometime into the future because I don’t believe that China can continue to pay these really hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs.”

The world’s two largest economies are in a tense standoff over trade. Trump has stated he expected to satisfy together with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, next month at a G-20 meeting in Japan.


4:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he knows that his advisers assume that North Korea violated U.N. Security Council resolutions when it fired off short-range missiles earlier this month.

However Trump says he sees it in a different way — and that it doesn’t matter anyway. Trump stated maybe North Korean chief Kim Jong Un was making an attempt to get consideration with the exams.

Trump spoke Monday in Tokyo alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also believes North Korea’s current exams violated U.N. resolutions.

Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton agrees, saying sanctions on Pyongyang should stay in place.

North Korea on Monday responded by calling Bolton a “war monger.”


4:05 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanked U.S. President Donald Trump’s help in Japan’s effort resolve its decades-old dispute over abduction of Japanese nationals, renewing his willingness to satisfy with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un without preconditions.

Abe informed a joint information conference with Trump after Monday’s summit that the two leaders have been on the identical page over their coverage to denuclearizing North Korea and that Trump has expressed full help for Abe’s priority in resolving the abduction problem.

North Korea has admitted to abducting a few dozen Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s, and allowed five to return house however says others had died.

Trump has talked about the kidnapping concern to Kim in his past two summits. Abe says there isn’t a particular prospect for a summit with Kim.


three:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he’ll work with congressional Democrats on a brand new North America commerce deal and he expects Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi would back it.

Speaking Monday at a information convention in Tokyo, Trump stated “we will work with them,” on what the administration calls the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

He added, “I would think Nancy Pelosi would approve that.”

Democrats want the deal to incorporate stronger enforcement provisions, among other potential modifications.

Trump headed for Japan after an explosive, multi-day trade with Pelosi that torpedoed talks about enhancing the nation’s roads and bridges. Trump vowed to do no extra work with Democrats till they stop investigating him on questions of obstruction.


3:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he thinks North Korean chief Kim Jong Un is trying to create a nation that has nice economic power. Trump says Kim is a brilliant man who knows that won’t occur if he continues to develop nuclear weapons.

Trump stated he’s very proud of the best way that his negotiations with North Korea.

The talks have stalled since Kim and Trump’s second summit in February in Hanoi.

Talking Monday in Tokyo, Trump additionally stated he’s not bothered by short-range missile checks North Korea carried out earlier this month.

Trump’s nationwide security adviser John Bolton stated the exams violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. Bolton stated sanctions on Pyongyang should stay in place.

North Korea on Monday responded by calling Bolton a “war monger” and a “defective human product.”


3:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to cooperate on area exploration.

Speaking at a joint press convention in Tokyo, Trump stated, the nations will “be going to the moon and Mars very soon.” He added that “from a military standpoint, there is nothing more important right now than space.”

The leaders did not present particulars. Abe spoke of strolling “hand in hand” with the USA on some issues. Abe stated Japan can be making “new investments” in key U.S. states.

The prime minister stated that partially because of Trump’s go to to Japan, the bond between the nations “has become rock solid.”


11:55 a.m.

The Trumps and Japan’s new emperor and empress have exchanged photographs and different presents.

Emperor Naruhito introduced President Donald Trump with a standard Japanese pottery and porcelain bowl. Trump gave the emperor with an American-made viola in a customized case handmade in Charleston, West Virginia, and a photograph of U.S. composer Aaron Copland.

Mrs. Trump introduced Empress Masako with a White House desk set featuring a fountain pen produced from a purple oak tree that stands on the grounds of Harvard College. The empress studied economics at Harvard.

The empress introduced the first woman an ornamental box with a standard Japanese design.

The foursome additionally exchanged pictures. The Imperial Palace has a long-standing customized of the emperor and empress exchanging signed, framed pictures with their visitors during state visits.


11:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he and Japanese Prime Minister have talked about Iran amid rising rigidity between Tehran and Washington.

With Abe at his aspect, Trump informed reporters at Akasaka Palace on Monday that “nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me.” The U.S. president additionally stated that “I do believe Iran would like to talk and if they’d like to talk, we’ll talk also,” including that Abe has a “very good relationship with Iran.”

Japanese media has reported that Abe is contemplating a go to to Iran next month. The Kyodo News company, citing unidentified government sources, stated on Friday that Abe’s visit can be doubtless in mid-June. Earlier this month, Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Tokyo.


11:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “understand each other very well” as the leaders opened bilateral talks at Akasaka Palace.

Abe opened the occasion by telling Trump, “It was a tremendous honor for us to welcome you.”

With that and other flattery, Abe stated the leaders would leaders would start a summit to debate North Korea and different “challenges of the international community.” Amongst other subjects they’ll talk about the upcoming G20 summit subsequent month.

Trump stated “We are working on the imbalance of trade.” He added that the Japanese “are incredible people with a truly amazing prime minister who’s my friend.”


10:20 a.m.

After his go to with Japan’s new emperor, President Donald Trump is at Tokyo’s official state guest house meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump, Abe and their respective teams will probably be meeting Monday and having lunch collectively. Trump and Abe may also be collaborating in a joint press conference at Akasaka Palace.

It’s the second lengthy day of conferences for the pair, who spent Sunday enjoying golf collectively, taking in a sumo match and having a couples dinner with their wives.

Trump can be attending a state banquet in his honor Monday evening, and collaborating in a Memorial Day event Tuesday earlier than heading residence.


9:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Japan’s Emperor Naruhito walked along a purple carpet in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace after meeting on Monday.

Trump is the first world leader to satisfy Naruhito since he ascended to the throne on Might 1.

The president, who is on a state go to to Japan, is being handled to a welcome ceremony filled with pomp and pageantry.

Trump stood at consideration alone atop a platform earlier than he walked alongside a red-carpeted path to evaluation troops. He also handed in entrance of a gaggle of schoolchildren feverishly waving U.S. and Japanese flags.

Trump wore a purple tie that matched the color of the carpet. He was accompanied by first woman Melania Trump.


9:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is at Japan’s Imperial Palace meeting the brand new emperor.

The president and his spouse, first woman Melania Trump, are kicking off Monday’s formal visit with handshakes and greetings with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

Trump is the primary world chief to be meet Naruhito, who ascended to the throne on Might 1, opening what is known as the period of “Reiwa,” or “beautiful harmony.”

Trump will go later to the Japanese state visitor home for conferences, a working lunch and joint information convention with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The president will even be the visitor of honor at an imperial banquet at the palace hosted by the emperor.

Trump opened a four-day state go to to Japan on Saturday.

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