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Trump Boasts About U.S. Economy, Tells Abe Japan Can Be No. 2

  • Comment comes at joint appearance by the two leaders in Tokyo
  • Trump upset at U.S. trade deficit with Japan, calls for change
U.S. President Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, observe an honor guard at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, observe an honor guard at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that his nation’s economy isn’t quite as strong as that of the United States, a jibe that came as Trump continued his charges of unfair trade practices by Japan.

After complimenting the strength of Japan’s economy, Trump went on to say, "I don’t know if it’s as good as ours. I think not. OK? We’re going to try to keep it that way. And you’ll be second."