President Trump travels to Osaka, Japan, to hold a series of bilateral meetings and participate in the annual G-20 Summit.
The president landed in Osaka on Thursday shortly before kicking off his visit with dinner with the Prime Minister of Australia.
President Trump weighed in on the meeting touting U.S. relations with Australia while also mentioning he hopes to visit the country later this year.
The president is expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the visit.
Topics likely to be discussed during the four days include trade, security, and relations with Iran and North Korea.
Trade is likely to take center stage during talks with President Xi as both nations continue to work toward a bilateral trade deal.
At the table on the US side for Trump’s first bilateral meeting of the G20 (left to right):
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This comes just one day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin weighed in on the agreement’s status saying the deal is 90% complete.
Despite Mnuchin’s remarks, the president has clarified he would enact harsher tariffs if no deal is reached.
The president’s planned visit with Putin comes just one year after he met with him in Helsinki, and is the first meeting face-to-face since the Mueller report was released.
While speaking to reporters upon his departure, President Trump voiced his optimism in meeting with Putin but gave little detail about the expected dynamic.
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In meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, countering Iranian aggression in the region and abroad, and its nuclear program, are expected to remain key objectives.