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Trump and Abe talk trade and golf tactics at start of Asian tour

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By Tokunbo Salako
Trump and Abe talk trade and golf tactics at start of Asian tour

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Tokyo for the visit of Donald Trump.

The American president is in Japan at the start of a marathon 12-day Asian tour.

Trump began the trip with a warning to North Korea over its nuclear programme.

But his first day ended with Spiny lobsters and beef steaks at a teppanyaki restaurant where he was full of praise for his hosts.

In brief pre-dinner remarks, Trump said U.S.-Japan ties were closer than ever. But he added: “We’ll have dinner tonight. I think we’ll insult everybody by continuing to talk about trade.”

Earlier, Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played a round of golf with Japan’s top golfer, Hideki Matsuyama.

Abe told reporters before Trump’s arrival that he welcomed the visit as a chance to deepen bilateral ties by building on the “friendship and trust” between
the two leaders, fostered by several meetings that included a round of golf in Florida earlier this year.

Trump’s tour, the longest by a US leader in 25-years, will also take him to Vietnam, the Philippines, China and South Korea.