18 Nov,NEW YORK – Japan’s prime minister voiced confidence Thursday about Donald Trump as he became the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect, who was narrowing in on cabinet choices.
Trump, who has been receiving a flurry of Republican operatives at his Manhattan skyscraper since his shock victory last week, appeared to be selecting staunch backers but also considering former rivals for top jobs.
Several US media outlets reported late Thursday that Trump had offered the role of national security adviser to retired general Michael Flynn, a military intelligence officer who had been a potent surrogate for the billionaire on the campaign trail.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for 90 minutes with the president-elect at Trump Tower to sound him out after a campaign that alarmed many US allies.
“As an outcome of today’s discussions, I am convinced Mr Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence,” Abe told reporters, describing a “very warm atmosphere.”
But Abe, a nationalist who has struggled both to perk up Japan’s economy and face the rise of China, declined to go into specifics. (AFP)