Trump praises 'great folks' in Japan Inc

President Donald Trump pushed for more "reciprocal" trade in Tokyo on the second day of his Asian tour and suggested that Japanese automakers "try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over". Officials from Japan want to bring the United States back into the trade pact or create a trade deal between the two nations.

Before making his request to laughter in the room, Trump said that: "Several Japanese automobile industry firms have been really doing a job".

The Washington Post defended President Trump on Monday, calling media reports that suggested that he was unaware Japan has always been building cars in the U.S. "It's very hard to imagine the Japanese would go farther than they were under the TPP, especially in sensitive issues such as agriculture and cars".

CNN then points and laughs at Trump's ignorance with this deceptive fact check: "Japanese automakers, however, already have huge factories in the USA that churn out millions of cars each year".

Honda says it builds 70 percent of its vehicles sold here in the USA facilities.

President Donald Trump once again has taken aim at Japanese automakers. And we love it when you build cars - if you're a Japanese firm, we love it - try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over.

The first US-made Honda Accord rolled off the Marysville, Ohio, assembly line in 1982. Slate's Jordan Weissman advised, "Perhaps someone should ask Trump where he thinks Toyota builds all those Camrys it sells in California".

Japan maintains an impressive auto-manufacturing presence in North America.

The Camry has been America's top-selling auto for 15 consecutive years, and has served as the company's flagship vehicle since 1982.

While speaking to business leaders in Tokyo on Monday, Trump said: "The United States has suffered massive trade deficits with Japan for many, many years".

Per a Reuter's fact sheet, Japanese automakers are responsible for more than 90,000 direct American jobs and also made 4.7 million engines in the US previous year.

"Virtually no cars go from the United States into Japan", he said, adding that will have to be negotiated "in a friendly way".

In the past, Trump accused Japanese leaders of manipulating their currency to make American products more expensive - a charge the country's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, denied.

Despite that presence, the U.S. still runs a trade deficit with Japan of about US$69 billion.

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