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Trump pressed Japan's Abe to build more vehicles in US, discussed Toyota

Trump has prodded Japanese automakers to add more jobs in the United States as the White House threatens to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported vehicles

Reuters  |  Washington 

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday. <b>(Photo: PTI)
File photo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President Donald Trump

US President pressed Japanese Prime Minister to have Japanese automakers produce more vehicles in the United States, according to a readout of their recent meeting provided by the US ambassador to on Saturday.

The two discussed recent public announcements by Japanese car makers, including Toyota Motor Corp's decision to invest more in US plants.

"We talked about the need to see more movement in that direction but I think the president feels very positive that we will see such movement because all the economics support that," said Ambassador William Hagerty.

Trump told a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday that Abe said would invest $40 billion in US car factories, though Trump did not give details on the timeline for the planned investments.

Toyota, Japan's largest automaker, said last month it would exceed a 2017 pledge to invest $10 billion over five years with a new commitment to reach nearly $13 billion over that period.

Trump has prodded Japanese automakers to add more jobs in the United States as the threatens to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported vehicles, on the grounds of national security.

Trump on Friday said it is possible that the United States and could reach a new bilateral trade deal by the time he visits Tokyo in May, but he and Abe cited areas where they differ on trade.

"We want to ensure that the US has trading terms with Japan that are no less favorable than any other nation," Hagerty said in a phone call with reporters.

He added that Trump is planning to attend the summit of the Group of 20 industrialised nations set to take place in Osaka, Japan in June.

Separately, Trump was optimistic trade talks with China would be successful, the ambassador said.

First Published: Sun, April 28 2019. 10:47 IST
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