The White House on Wednesday said President Donald Trump had “disappointed” in his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump, who was in Tokyo to attend a summit of the Group of Seven nations, had “a very nice meeting” with Abe, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“He did a very nice job, but unfortunately he’s disappointed.”
She added that Trump was “very disappointed” with the U.S. decision to impose a 45% tariff on Japanese goods to punish Tokyo for its wartime aggression in the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted last week to impose the tariff, a move Trump had strongly opposed.
The United States has been locked in a tit-for-tat trade war with Tokyo over the islands, which are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.
Sanders said the White House had been “very clear” that the United States would “take a position on the Security Council’s action,” including the tariff.
The U.K. also opposed the U.-Japan trade war, which prompted Britain to withdraw from the bloc.
Sanders did not say how the administration was planning to respond to the vote by the council.
“I think that’s a really difficult decision for our allies and partners,” she said.