President Donald Trump has arrived in Japan for an intense series of diplomatic talks – setting a contentious tone for the visit during his flight from the U.S. by demanding that India withdraw retaliatory tariffs.
He landed In Osaka on Thursday evening, local time, in an intense rain, disembarking with a black umbrella and waiving to people below as he walked down the stairway form Air Force One.
En route to typhoon-expectant Japan, Trump fired off a bullish tweet, chiding long-standing ally India for ‘unacceptable’ tariffs on American goods.
And before setting off he lambasted China for ‘going down the tubes,’ slammed Vietnam as the ‘single worst abuser’ on trade, lashed Germany as ‘delinquent’ on contributions to NATO, and said hosts Japan would not help the US in the event of WWIII.
‘If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure,’ he said. ‘But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television.’
Trump blasted Beijing, claiming they wanted to do a trade deal because the world’s number-two economy was ‘going down the tubes’.
The in-flight entertainment en route was less than satisfactory. Trump declared the Democratic presidential debate, where his name barely came up, ‘BORING.’ He also said NBC and MSNBC should be ‘ashamed’ for an embarrassing technical glitch that forced the network to cut to commercial.
About 20 minutes before he landing, he tweeted a video mocking the glitch, set to ACDC’s ‘Crazy Train.’
President Donald Trump (C) gestures as he arrives at Osaka International Airport in Itami, Hyogo prefecture, on June 27, 2019 ahead of the G20 Osaka Summit
President Donald Trump descends the stairs after arriving in Osaka on Thursday – he fired off a bullish tweet about India’s ‘unacceptable’ tariffs while on board, as well as criticizing Germany, China, Vietnam and even the hosts Japan before his arrival
China’s President Xi Jinping receives a bunch of flowers on his arrival at Kansai International Airport in Osaka on Thursday as he would have also received the news that Trump had rebuked the world’s number-two economy
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arriving at the wet runway as rain poured down over Osaka on Thursday – while on his way Trump said Modi’s tariffs on American goods were not acceptable
US President Donald Trump (left) and daughter Ivanka attend a dinner with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Osaka on Thursday night
President Donald Trump is flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (second left) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left) at dinner with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday in Osaka
President Trump held an umbrella over his head as he descended the stairs of Air Force One to a rainy runway in Osaka today
Trump walks towards his motorcade as he arrives at Osaka today – he will be involved in G20 meetings tomorrow and on Saturday
Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump (left and right) arrives at windswept Osaka on Thursday wearing a beige mac paired with white heels
President Trump waves to the press before getting into the Beast – the US president’s fortified black Cadillac – in Japan today
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives ahead of the G20 on the rainy windswept tarmac in Osaka – he recently met Trump during a state visit
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip May from a Royal Air Force jet in rainy Osaka
‘Thank you @MSNBC, real professionals! @ChuckTodd @Madow,’ Trump wrote, singling out hosts Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow.
After some brief greetings on the tarmac, Trump walked onto ‘The Beast’ and was driven away. Following him were Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer and daughter Ivanka Trump.
It wasn’t only the Japanese who gave Trump a greeting.
The Wall Street Journal published China’s latest demands to end a trade war almost precisely as Trump landed in Osaka.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to present President Donald Trump with a list of terms for ending the U.S. trade war that has rattled markets as Trump prepares to impose an additional $300 in tariffs.
One of China’s key demands is for the U.S. to pull back a ban on U.S. technology sales to telecom giant Huawei, according to the Journal. The Chinese also want the punitive tariffs imposed by the Trump administration for what Trump says are a range of unfair and anti-competitive trading practices.
Chinese officials told the paper Xi was not expected to take a ‘confrontational’ tone, but will describe how he sees the bilateral relationship working.
The posture comes as Trump has been preparing to slap an additional $300 billion in tariffs on China if the two sides fail to reach an agreement.
Trump immediately headed to his first meeting of the trip, dining with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He took a question about relations with U.S. allies – and gave an answer where he said the U.S. looks at itself more ‘positively’ than ever.
‘We’ve been very good to our allies. We work with our allies. We take care of our allies. We generally speaking – I’ve inherited massive trade deficits with our allies,’ Trump said. ‘And we even help our allies militarily. So we do look at ourselves, and we look at ourselves, I think, more positively than ever before,’ he said.
Trump already had his hands full with a series of difficult meetings on his agenda – including one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has said he ‘may’ raise the issue of Russia‘s election interference.
But if his Twitter feed is any guide, he hasn’t backed off his stance that it is FBI and Intelligence Community members who have explaining to do.
China’s President Xi Jinping arrives at Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka, western Japan – he wasn’t spared a Trump ribbing before his arrival, with the President saying China needed a trade deal because it was ‘going down the tubes’
Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump sits with her husband and colleague Jared Kushner during a dinner with President Trump and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Osaka
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, center, arrives at Kansai International Airport ahead of meetings on Friday and Saturday
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Kansai airport in Osaka on Thursday
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives ahead of the G20 – it will be her last summit as she is set to be replaced as Prime Minister at the end of next month
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left), Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump descend from Air Force One today
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Kansai airport in Osaka – Saudi Arabia will be concerned about the Trump administration’s recent tensions with neighboring Iran
The plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is emblazoned with the message ‘Allah Bless You’ as it arrives at Kansai airport
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and his wife Emine Erdogan walk with umbrellas during a rainy weather at Mukogawa Women’s University after the president received an honorary doctorate degree in Nishinomiya, Japan
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at Kansai airport in Izumisano city – furious at what he sees as an unfair advantage in the trading system, Trump has already hit Beijing with $200 billion in levies on Chinese imports and appeared to threaten more
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller now set to testify publicly in July about Russia and his investigation of obstruction, Trump asked hours before he landed why Democrats in the House weren’t investigating top former officials who ‘leaked, lied and did so many other terrible things.’
The president also meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid an ongoing trade war having issued a threat to impose $300 billion in additional tariffs.
Trump also will talk to various leaders about tensions in the Middle East. He has demanded other nations do more to protect their own vessels in vital shipping lanes – after pulling back from a military strike on Iran that he said was just 30 minutes away from occurring.
Japan’s Prime Ministser Shinzo Abe met recently with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and will try to seek avenues to diffuse tensions.
Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is trying to diffuse tensions with Iran and traveled there
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 summit
Late Arrival: Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his wife Maria Begona Gomez Fernandez arrive ahead of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and his wife Naraporn Chan-O-Cha arrive at Kansai airport (left) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gives a thumbs up to the press before hopping in his car
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte are welcomed by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako prior to their meeting at the Imperial Palace
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives honorary doctorate degree from Mukogawa Women’s University in Nishinomiya, Japan on Thursday
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook arrive at Kansai airport after a relatively short skip over on the plane, with just an hour and 50 minutes of flight time
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty as he arrives in Osaka ahead of the President on Thursday
As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate, Trump raised the stakes on his meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi. He demanded India, a key strategic counterbalance to China and the world’s largest democracy, take down retaliatory tariffs it imposed on U.S. goods.
‘I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further,’ he wrote from Air Force Once en route to Osaka. ‘This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!’
Trump has been more than willing to impose tariffs when he believes it’s to his benefit in negotiations.
He tweeted in December: ‘I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN’
He tweeted about India Wednesday just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left New Delhi. The Trump administration last month took away trade benefits to India under the Generalized System of Preferences.
The Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 summit
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine arriving in Osaka – Erdogan has recently suffered a setback at home as his party lost the mayoralty of Istanbul to a secular rival
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Kansai airport as rain lashed the runway, with Japan anticipating a typhoon
French President Emmanuel Macron (second from left) and his wife Brigitte pose with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday
European Union President Donald Tusk (left), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) pose for photographs with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday
Police officers guard the roads around the venue of the G20 summit the International Exhibition Center in Osaka on Thursday
Police officers guard the waters around Osaka Castle in a rubber dinghy on Thursday amid heightened security as world leaders flew in
Police officers dressed in white raincoats prepare to lay down traffic cones as they secured the area around the G20 summit venue today
A police officer talks to someone on a bicycle as Japanese security officials locked down some of the city center in Osaka today
If Trump’s initial posture appeared less than diplomatic, it may be in part to a symbolic and awkward State Department departure. The chief of protocol resigned on the eve of the trip following a possible internal probe into allegations of harassment in the office and carrying around a whip.
He has at least nine bilateral meetings scheduled, as well as other G20 activities.
First was a dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
He also meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Slaman of Saudi Arabia, and President Recip Erdogan of Turkey.