Donald Trump has received a vote of confidence from the first foreign leader he has met since winning the race to the White House.
The US President-Elect received Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump Tower in New York on Thursday.
And the verdict from the visiting VIP was positive, despite comments on the campaign trail that set alarm bells ringing in Tokyo and across Asia such as Trump’s suggestion that Japan should acquire its own nuclear weapons and his staunch opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Refusing to go into specifics about their 90 minute meeting, the Japanese PM said he believed trust was needed for the alliance between the two nations to function “and, as an outcome of today’s discussion, I am convinced that Mr. Trump is a leader who can be trusted,” Abe said.
The president-elect is continuing to pick the team which will help him govern.
A senior Trump official says retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has been offered the position of White House National Security Advisor, after supporting the winning candidate on the campaign trail.
Trump also plans to meet Mitt Romney this weekend, despite the Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election having called the real estate magnate a “fraud”.