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

Trump plans to meet Putin on Asia tour to create UNITED FRONT against North Korea

Trump's remarks were lauded by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has expressed anxiety at hermit kingdom's aggression in the region. The two leaders, who have struck up an unlikely but easy rapport, shared a casual lunch and played nine holes at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, joined by professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama.

The president's first stops are Japan and South Korea - frontline United States allies in the effort to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programme, and the two countries with most to fear should a full-scale conflict break out.

The low- key start was a prelude to the formal talks planned in Tokyo Monday. Only a few days after the election, he was the first foreign leader to fly to NY to talk with Trump. He was the first to call Trump after the election, and rushed to NY days later to meet the president-elect and present him with a pricey, gold Honma golf driver.

"We'll be talking about trade", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday.

"The relationship is really extraordinary".

"We're going in with tremendous strength", Trump said, pointing to the booming stock market and encouraging jobs numbers.

Trump embarked on a gruelling 12-day Asia tour - the longest by any USA president in 25 years - on Sunday, 5 November, kick-starting the visit in Japan.

Abe told reporters after the golf session that the two could talk frankly in a relaxed atmosphere while out on the course. Abe and Trump will meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. He said they were able to "carry out in depth discussion, at times touching on various hard issues". Both men are avid golfers.




North Korea will be the central issue of Trump's 13-day trip to Asia.

Trump's trip is to be dominated by trade and how to muster more worldwide pressure on North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.

"What's inflammatory is the North Korean regime and what they're doing to threaten the world", McMaster said.

On the first leg of his five-nation trip, Trump addressed servicemen and women at the Yokota airbase and made some strong remarks aimed at North Korea - including a thinly veiled warning targeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

"No one - no dictator, no regime and no nation - should underestimate, ever, American resolve", Trump told USA and Japanese troops, assembled inside a flag-draped aircraft hangar at the Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.

The president has called the investigation "very distracting".

During the campaign, Trump criticized Japan for not spending enough on its own defense and forcing USA taxpayers to make up the difference.

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