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Trump sees big arms sales as quick fix for Japan trade deficit

US leader seeks concessions on cars and beef, dashing Abe's TPP hopes

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed on a fresh set of trade talks. But while Trump aims for a bilateral pact, Abe hopes Japan can pull the U.S. back into the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced the full force of U.S. President Donald Trump's "America first" policy as they spent seven hours together over two days in Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Abe's hopes for leading Trump back to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact were quickly brushed off as the president made clear his preference for bilateral negotiations to secure U.S.-friendly deals in cars and beef.

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