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Japanese PM to meet with Trump ahead of North Korea summit

Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump walking to a joint press conference last year. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

The White House confirmed this morning that President Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago from April 17-18 — ahead of a meeting between Korean leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in on April 27 and Trump's planned meeting with Kim in May. While North Korea will be a primary topic of discussion, the White House announcement said the two leaders will "explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties" — relevant because Japan, a key ally, was not exempted from Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs that were announced last month.

Flashback: The last time that Abe visited Mar-a-Lago was in February 2017 when a North Korean missile launch turned the club's "terrace into an open-air situation room," according to The Washington Post.