It’s the fifth time they played golf together since Trump took office (Photo: Reuters)
It’s the fifth time they played golf together since Trump took office (Photo: Reuters)

Trump, Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions

  • Abe’s strategy is to keep his country out of Trump’s crosshairs amid US-Japan trade tensions
  • The president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning round with the Japanese leader

Mobara: Golf never seems to be far behind whenever US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together.

So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning round with the Japanese leader.

Abe is Trump’s closest friend among world leaders and it’s the fifth time they played golf together since Trump took office. A motorcade of golf carts ferried Abe to meet Trump when he arrived at the club. They exchanged a warm handshake, patted each other on the forearms and posed for a throng of journalists.

Abe also tweeted a selfie of him and Trump, smiling widely on the greens.

Abe’s strategy is to keep his country out of Trump’s crosshairs amid US-Japan trade tensions and the continued threat North Korea poses to both nations.

On Monday, Trump will become the first head of state to meet with Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, since he ascended to the throne on 1 May.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

Close