President Donald Trump should emphasize America's interest in building a cooperative relationship with Japan during his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.
"I think [this meeting is] hugely important for both leaders," said Kennedy, who stepped down as ambassador to Japan in January, on "CBS This Morning."
"Japan obviously depends on the U.S. both for its security and as its number one economic partner. For President Trump, it's important to reaffirm that relationship as well as send a signal that the U.S. is going to remain engaged in Asia."
Trump met with Abe, the second foreign leader to visit the White House during Trump's administration, on Friday.
"Prime Minister Abe, on behalf of the American people, I welcome you to the very famous White House," the president said in his opening remarks, according to Politico. "You honor us with your presence. This is one of our earliest visits from a foreign leader, and I am truly glad that it could be from such an important and steadfast ally."
Kennedy, when asked if Trump's "America First" policy will negatively affect his relationship with U.S. allies, said: "I think the U.S. has achieved a leadership position in the world because we have worked with others."
"We've set up this international order that has benefited the entire world," she continued. "Certainly in Asia it's allowed for tremendous economic growth and it's benefited us as well. So I think what "America First" means, you know, putting our own national interest first, that's all great. Every country does that. But when it means excluding others or insulting our allies and not appreciating or working with them as partners to advance our common goals, I think that's not in our interest."
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