Thursday, President Trump began his overseas trip of the year with dinner with the Prime Minister of Australia, a friendly opening act before the impending gauntlet of negotiations on international crises, trade wars and a growing global To-Do list.
President Trump is in Osaka, Japan, for the annual G-20 Summit.
As his re-election bid heats up, President Trump is eager to produce breakthroughs on a series of foreign policy challenges including the dust-up between the US and Iran, a trade dispute with China, and stalled nuclear talks with NKorea.
“I can say very easily that we’ve been very good to our allies, we work with our allies, we take care of our allies,” President Trump said. “I have inherited massive trade deficits with our allies. 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. But we also look at our allies”
His itinerary in Osaka includes sit-downs with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.