Japan’s Abe in Front with US Trump at Back against North KoreaPosted: February 13, 2017
In its report titled “A hastily called news conference caps a surreal day for Trump in South Florida”, Washington Post says that US President Trump held a 2-minute news conference to denounce North Korea’s missile test, but it was Japan’s Abe who played the leading role.
Abe was the first to speak. According to Washington Post, he says:
•“North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable.”
•“North Korea must fully comply with the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
•“During the summit meeting that I had with President Trump, he assured me that the United States will always [be with] Japan 100 percent, and to demonstrate his determination as well as commitment, he is here with me at this joint press conference.”
Trump, however, only said, “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.”
North Korea conducted the test to threaten the US, but Trump shifted the threat to Japan, i.e. he meant that Japan should play the leading role in dealing with North Korea.
That shows the major change he has brought to US foreign policy: US allies instead the US shall play the leading role in defending themselves. The US will only stand behind them. Japan and other US allies shall be fighting in front while the US shall be supporting them at their back like what President Roosevelt did before Pearl Harbor—selling weapons to Britain and the Soviet Union to support them in fighting Hitler?
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Post’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/12/a-hastily-called-news-conference-caps-a-surreal-day-for-trump-in-south-florida/?utm_term=.b55d7175c926&wpisrc=nl_most-draw16&wpmm=1.
I find the news conference funny and hope that my comment entertains readers.