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

Trump and Abe talk trade and golf tactics at start of Asian tour
By Tokunbo Salako
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The US president's visit to Asia is the longest tour by an American leader in a quarter of a century


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.

Playing golf with Prime Minister Abe and Hideki Matsuyama, two wonderful people!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017

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.

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