Democratic strategist says Japan has become Trump's 'crutch' on diplomatic relations

Democratic strategist Roger Fisk said Tuesday that Japan has become a “crutch” for President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE during periods of diplomatic unrest.

“I think [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe is sort of becoming his Asian crutch in a lot ways,” Fisk, who served in the Obama administration, told Hill.TV on “Rising.”

“When things get difficult, he seems to go to that kind of safe place because they seem to have kind of a personal rapport,” he added.

Trump visited Japan over the weekend amid the escalating U.S. trade war with China. The president met with Abe and became the first foreign leader to meet with Japan’s new emperor.

Fisk said that despite the public display of unity, the meeting in Japan exposed a rift between Trump and Abe when it comes to North Korea's missile testing.

“It wasn’t particularly ambitions," he told Hill.TV. "It didn’t necessarily achieve anything except to demonstrate a breach between the president and the prime minister about their view of the North Korea situation."

During a news conference with the two leaders, Trump said he was not “personally” bothered by North Korea's missile testing, adding that he was in “no rush” to make a nuclear deal. He also praised North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnExclusive: GOP senators seek FBI investigation into Biden Pentagon nominee On North Korea, Biden should borrow from Trump's Singapore declaration North Korea drops out of Tokyo Olympics MORE as a “very smart man.”

Abe took a different tack, telling reporters that Japan feels threatened by the testing due to its proximity to North Korea, and noted that the tests are in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

“It is of great regret,” Abe said. “But at the same time, between Kim Jong Un and President Trump a certain new approach was taken and that is something that I pay tribute to.”

—Tess Bonn