Trump’s first foreign trip draws top diplomats
President Donald Trump is set to travel to Europe and Asia next week as he seeks to boost his global foreign policy reputation.
Trump is set on meeting with his counterparts in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom to discuss the challenges of climate change, the president’s first overseas trip.
The White House said the meeting will be held at the White House on April 11.
The event is expected to include Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly and his trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
The president’s foreign trip will mark his first foreign visit in nine months.
He is expected in Europe for a two-day summit of leaders from the region on April 12 and 13.
Trump will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 14.
He will then visit Japan on April 15, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 16 and China on April 17.
The trip to Japan, a cornerstone of Trump’s strategy to revitalize American manufacturing, will mark a change in the president from previous visits to the country, which has been criticized for its labor practices.
Trump and his aides have been under pressure to ease tensions between the United States and Japan, which have been at odds since Trump took office.
The two nations have a long-standing rivalry, with the United State accusing Japan of illegally occupying parts of the East China Sea and Chinese troops occupying islands in the East Sea.
In recent weeks, Trump has been critical of China, saying it has been “abusive” toward the United Stations and has “done nothing to help us.”
Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have spoken several times on the phone since Trump’s election in November, according to Trump’s transition team.
The meeting between Trump and Abe is part of Trump plans to expand the U.S.-Japan alliance and the two nations’ defense cooperation.