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USG took issue with Abe-Trump meeting

Today’s Tokyo Shimbun published a Kyodo piece on the disclosure by a source involved in U.S.-Japan relations that the Obama administration conveyed to the Japanese government its opposition to the Abe-Trump meeting before it took place in New York on Nov. 17 by saying: “Mr. Trump is not yet the president. We don’t want Japan to do something that is unprecedented.” The Japanese side reportedly asked for understanding by saying it would be an informal meeting and that Abe would decline a dinner invitation from the President-elect. The article claimed since the White House was not satisfied with the Japanese explanation, President Obama did not agree to hold a summit with Abe on the margins of the APEC leaders’ meeting in Peru on Nov. 20 and chose to have a very brief conversation instead to express displeasure. The source said President Obama has been critical of the Japanese leader’s foreign policy, including his accelerated overtures toward Russia, and that National Security Advisor Susan Rice was the strongest opponent of the Abe-Trump meeting.  

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