Meeting with the President-elect of the United States
Thursday, November 17, 2016
On November 17 (local time), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited New York in the United States of America.
After holding talks with Mr. Donald Trump, President-elect of the United States, the Prime Minister said,
“President-elect Trump kindly set aside time during this very busy period with staffing decisions. I believe we were able to truly talk at length and extensively in a frank and candid manner. The meeting took place in a very warm atmosphere.
It gave me confidence that the two of us can build a relationship of trust. As for the content of the meeting, I shared my basic views with Mr. Trump. We discussed a variety of issues.
I would like to refrain from commenting on the details as the President-elect has not yet been officially inaugurated as President, and furthermore, this was an informal meeting. We agreed to meet again at a mutually convenient time to have a broader and more in-depth discussion.”
In addition, in response to a question from a journalist on the Japan-U.S. Alliance and other matters, the Prime Minister said,
“I cannot answer questions about the specifics of the meeting. In any case, our alliance will not function without trust. I came away convinced that President-elect Trump is a leader who can be trusted.”