- President Donald Trump said on Monday that Japan's economy was not "as good" as the U.S.
Calling Abe by his first name, the Republican took a zero-sum approach in comparing the Japanese and U.S economies.
"The Japanese people are thriving, your cities are vibrant and you've built one of the world's most powerful economies. I don't know if it's as good as ours, I think not ... And we're going to try and keep it that way but you'll be second."
The U.S. head of state is in Asia for a landmark tour and arrived in Tokyo on Nov. 5.