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GLOBAL COMMUNICATORS CEO HARFF ADVISES JAPAN PR EXECS AHEAD OF TRUMP MEETING ON FEB. 10

PR People - February 9, 2017

In this Friday’s summit scheduled between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and President Donald Trump, Abe “should not fall victim to the high-pressure deal making and blatant bullying for which Mr. Trump is well known,” veteran journalist and international PR executive Jim Harff told 15 high-level members of the Public Relations Society of Japan (PRSJ) meeting in New York yesterday.

Harff, president and CEO of Global Communicators, LLC, based in Washington, DC, encouraged the Japanese prime minister to take a positive but determined position with respect to economic, trade and defense discussions with Trump.

“As one of America’s closest friends and most reliable allies, as well as the nation with the third largest GDP in the world, Japan should exemplify confidence and strength in the face of Trump’s irresponsible and uninformed calls for cutting U.S. military support, defense spending, and trade relations with Japan,” Harff said. “Mr. Abe should not seek to placate Mr. Trump with extorted promises and coercive actions that may impair Japan’s economy and security.”

Harff and GC Vice President Philippe Bartholin presented a blistering critique of Trump’s “crude blunders and counter-productive assaults” aimed at Japan, Mexico, China, Australia, Israel, Germany and other foreign countries, many of them friends of the United States, in their remarks titled, “How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies.”