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Trump to Delay Japan Trade Deal Until Country's July Polls

  • U.S., Japan working out differences after trade reps meet
  • Contentious issues weren’t discussed: Japan’s economy minister
Robert Lighthizer is welcomed by Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on May 25. 

Robert Lighthizer is welcomed by Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on May 25. 

Photographer: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

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President Donald Trump said the U.S. is making "great progress" in trade negotiations with Japan even though a deal could come only after the latter’s elections in July.

"Agriculture and beef heavily in play" in the talks, Trump tweeted after spending about 2 1/2 hours golfing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Much will wait until after their July elections where I anticipate big numbers!"