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Scoop: Trump to hit Biden as globalist on trade issues

Joe Biden in New Hampshire
Joe Biden in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Watch for Trump allies to begin framing Joe Biden as a free-trading globalist who would undo the president's trade agenda.

Why it matters: Trump will try to direct the conversation with his megaphone, and invite attacks on Biden from the left.

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During Trump visit, Abe aims to reinforce ties and smooth trade strains

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe standing side by side
President Trump with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yokosuka, Japan. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha - Pool/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe designed an elaborate visit for President Trump, complete with golf, a sumo championship, warship tours and a meeting with the new emperor and empress. But the pageantry couldn’t paper over every crack between the two leaders.

The big picture: Discussions of bilateral trade and North Korea’s missile program left Abe struggling to accommodate Trump. Yet he knows how much hinges on their alliance and will do all he can to ensure Japan and the U.S. remain steady partners.