Travel pool report 6 - Abe bilat

From: Andrew BEATTY
Date: July 8, 2017 at 3:07:34 PM GMT+2
Subject: Travel pool report 6 - Abe bilat

At 14:52 the pool was ushered in to another bilateral meeting this time with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump began by saying they had discussed trade " we made a lot of progress on trade" and that he and Abe agreed on the importance of the "problem and menace of North Korea."

"The prime minister is, I will say this, very very focused on what is going on with respect to North Korea."

Abe (through translator) thanked "Donald" for organizing the trilateral summit with Japan-US-SKorea  on Thursday and noted that the threat from Pyongyang "has become increasingly severe."

He said he hoped they could "demonstrate robust partnership" in the face of that threat.

Ivanka was leaving the room as your pool was entering, among the delegation sat at Trump's side were the First Lady Melania Trump, Rex Tillerson, Mnuchin, McMaster and Ross.

Kushner and Cohn were standing at the back of the room.

We are now holding ahead of the Xi bilat.

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