Donald Trump in Japan: Golf, New Hats, and Dinner with Shinzo Abe

Violet Powell
November 6, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump headed to Japan on the first stop of his five-nation tour of Asia on Saturday, looking to present a united front with the Japanese against North Korea as tensions run high over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

The two leaders met at the Kasumigaseki Country Club for a round of golf with Japanese star golfer Hideki Matsuyama.

Mr Peskov said: "There is no cooperation so far".

Recent drills over South Korea by two USA strategic bombers have further heightened tensions.

President Donald Trump, center, waves as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and he finish playing golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Kawagoe, Japan.

The two men also met on the sidelines of an global summit in Italy this spring and Trump hosted Abe in Florida.

Abe was one of the first world leaders to court President-elect Trump.

Trump's meeting Monday promises to elevate these heart-wrenching tales of loss to the global stage as he hopes to pressure North Korea to end its provocative behaviour toward American allies in the region.

Joined by his wife Melania on part of the trip, Trump's tour of Asia is the longest by an American president since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

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With Trump set to arrive Sunday in Japan, the trip presents a crucial global test for a president looking to reassure Asian allies anxious that his inward-looking "America First" agenda could cede power in the region to China. Mr. Trump extended the trip by a day on Friday when he agreed to participate in a summit of East Asian nations in Manila.

His trip got off to a colorful start in Hawaii. Trump also paid his respects at the Pearl Harbor memorial.

"I hope we will be able to have thorough discussions about global issues, including North Korea", Abe told a press conference shortly ahead of Trump's arrival. "We like each other and our countries like each other", Mr Trump said before dinner with Mr Abe, who for this meal did show Mr Trump traditional cuisine with teppanyaki.

'Please kindly be reminded that a large number of underground Christians are within North Korea, ' he wrote in an open letter to the President.

"I think it's expected we'll meet with Putin", he said. "There is a lot of good will".

The most likely venue for a meeting would be an Asian economic summit in Vietnam next week.

Trump and Abe shook hands and the USA president could be heard telling Abe that the scenery on the Kasumigaseki golf course is "beautiful".

The North's state-run KCNA news agency said in a commentary that the US should be disabused of the "absurd idea" that Pyongyang would succumb to global sanctions and give up its nuclear weapons, adding that it is in "the final stage for completing nuclear deterrence". "He is under growing domestic vulnerabilities that we all know about, hour to hour", said Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea", the U.S. leader said, adding that he also wanted to discuss Syria and Ukraine with his Russian counterpart. But Trump also has begun highlighting the plight of the North Koreans. All U.S. presidents except one since Ronald Reagan have visited the DMZ in a sign of solidarity with Seoul.

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