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Najib-Trump meet next week during official visit to United States

Najib-Trump meet next week during official visit to United States”

Reducing the US trade deficit in Malaysia through the selling of arms could be the focus of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House tomorrow, according to a news report.

The ongoing restructuring of the Federal Land Development Authority has come under close scrutiny, especially with the faltering fortunes of its three listed entities that it heavily invested in.

USA trade deficit with Malaysia stands at US$6 billion (RM25.17 billion), according to figures from International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed (photo), who also denied that Malaysia had participated in dubious trade practices and was thus not deserving of the "trade cheat" label.

The four-eyed meeting between Najib and Trump at the Oval Office will be followed by a delegation meeting which will also involve Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defence James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff Gen John Kelly and National Security Advisor Lt Gen H.R. McMaster.

On Wednesday, Najib will meet with the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and later with the Malaysian diaspora in conjunction with Malaysia Day celebrations.

"Yes, I might bring this matter to him (Trump)", Datuk Seri Najib said when asked by newsmen after chairing the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting today. Malaysia also hopes U.S. corporations see Malaysia as one of the best investment destinations.

"God willing, this visit will be fruitful and further strengthen Malaysia-US relations", he said.

For example, he said, rubber from Malaysia played an important role in the growth of the United States automotive industry, while the high demand spurred rubber production in Malaysia. "Malaysia exports capitals too and it can play its role in business opportunities in USA".

Zulhasnan said that in the eight months he has been ambassador to the United States, he could see the willingness of the Trump administration to boost trade ties, more so after the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was discontinued.

On the other hand, he said apart from United States, other 11 countries which were TPP members would be meeting in Vietnam.

In his blog, Najibrazak.com, the prime minister said there were several factors which influenced a country's economy, including its gross domestic product (GDP) performance and foreign investor's confidence in its economic strength.



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