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Trump tells Abe trade agreement with Japan possible by May

US makes no demand for auto quotas or currency provisions

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office at the White House on April 26.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump signaled Friday he is eager to quickly tie up trade talks with Japan, telling Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that an agreement is possible as soon as May.

Trade talks with Japan could go "fairly quickly, maybe by the time I'm over there -- maybe we sign it over there," Trump told reporters as he sat with Abe in the White House.

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