Trump launches Asia trip with a warning to North Korea

Katrina Barker
November 6, 2017

After easing into his Asian debut with golf, President Donald Trump sat down for a meal of American beef and tomato sauce with the Japanese president.

Mr Trump is trying to create a united front against Kim Jong-un and wants Mr Putin to join the leaders of Japan and South Korea in pressing China to do more to reign in the trigger-happy despot.

Meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe come against a backdrop of heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

The low- key start was a prelude to the formal talks planned in Tokyo Monday. Abe and Trump will meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. He was the first to call Trump after the election, and rushed to NY days later to meet the president-elect and present him with a pricey, gold Honma golf driver. White House officials said Trump has spoken with Abe by phone more than any world leader, aside from British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"Our relationship is really extraordinary".

"I think it's expected we'll meet with Putin, yeah", Trump told reporters on Air Force One en route to Japan.

He said there was a "great probability" that the two leaders would discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula if they met. Trump said at the time that among other issues, he directly confronted Putin over Russia's interference in the 2016 election. He said they were able to "carry out in depth discussion, at times touching on various hard issues".

North Korea's recent actions, including several missiles that flew over Japan and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test, have raised the stakes in the most critical worldwide challenge of Mr Trump's presidency. Both men are avid golfers.

North Korea is the critical issue looming over Mr Trump's 12-day, five-country trip that will include direct talks with Mr Trump's Chinese and Russian counterparts.

North Korean Christians are in danger if Donald Trump continues his aggression towards Kim Jong Un, a former missionary in the pariah state is warning.

"Japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the United States and today we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations", Trump told American and Japanese service members at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo.

The president has called the investigation "very distracting".

"The president will use whatever language he wants to use, obviously", McMaster said.

During the campaign, Trump criticized Japan for not spending enough on its own defense and forcing US taxpayers to make up the difference.

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