Trump, Japanese prime minister to meet at Mar-a-Lago ahead of North Korea summit

Trade issues will also be on the agenda when Trump and Abe meet mid-month.

The Trump-Abe summit is set to take place on April 17-18 and will be the third such meeting between the two leaders. It is Abe’s second visit to Trump’s Florida estate.

According to the White House, the president’s “planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un” and “the international campaign to maintain maximum” pressure on the hermit nation in advance of that summit will be a top agenda item when the two leaders meet.

The last time Trump and Abe met at Mar-a-Lago early in the president’s term last year, North Korea tested a ballistic missile during the summit.

The president and prime minister will also discuss the bilateral trade relationship between the two countries, the White House said.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties between the United States and Japan, two of the world’s wealthiest and most innovative economies," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

The discussions come a time when Trump is seeking to change the U.S. trading relationships across the globe, claiming that Japan among other countries has long taken advantage of the United States.

“I'll talk to Prime Minister Abe of Japan and others – great guy, friend of mine – and there will be a little smile on their face. And the smile is, ‘I can't believe we've been able to take advantage of the United States for so long’ So those days are over,” Trump said last month as he imposed tariffs on China.

Though the White House made no mention of whether the two leaders plan to hit the golf course together when they meet this month, the two have made it somewhat of a tradition to golf together during their two previous meetings.

“When you play golf not just once but two times, the person must be your favorite guy,” Abe said as he toasted Trump during a state banquet in Japan.