Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to promote a strong alliance between the two countries Friday afternoon when they hold a joint press conference.
The press conference will begin at 1 p.m. at the White House before Trump hosts Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for a weekend of golf.
Both leaders are expected to reassure the world that the relationship between the United States and Japan is as strong as ever.
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Trump previously criticized the U.S.-Japan relationship saying the country takes U.S. jobs. Trump also suggested the country should contemplate becoming a nuclear power and to stop relying on the United States for defense.
"You know we have a treaty with Japan where if Japan is attacked, we have to use the full force and might of the United States," Trump said in August. "If we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to do anything. They can sit home and watch Sony television."