President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met in Florida to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party.
The summit has been overshadowed by the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin.
Trump has also faced accusations of collusion with the Kremlin, with his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a subject of special scrutiny by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
And the Trump administration has begun to take a more conciliatory approach toward the Japanese, as the president and his aides have expressed optimism about the prospects for a bilateral trade agreement.
In a White House news briefing Thursday, press secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump and Xi are “looking forward to seeing each other.”
The two leaders will hold their first face-to-face face since Trump’s election, with the two leaders attending a signing ceremony at the White House in the morning.
Spicer said Trump and his team are hoping for a better outcome on the trade issue.
He added that the U.S. is “looking to have a good relationship with Japan on trade.”
But, he said, the U:s is also “looking for a stronger relationship with China on trade as well.”