President Donald Trump Tweetstorm - The Sunday Edition

May 27, 2019, 01:16
President Donald Trump Tweetstorm - The Sunday Edition

"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me", Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter from his hotel in Tokyo before a round of golf with Mr. Abe in nearby Chiba.

Before dinner, FLOTUS and POTUS attended the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokigikan Sumo Hall.

The Japan Sumo Association instituted some safety precautions due to Trump's participation, including selling fewer same-day tickets and banning the ritual of throwing seat cushions as an expression of disappointment.

He said that: "The real trade war began 30 years ago, and we lost". "This is a very exciting time for commerce between the two countries that we both love".

But the visual highlight is more likely to be Trump's visit on Sunday to the final day of the summer "basho" or sumo tournament where he is expected to present the trophy to the victor.

Abe and Trump planned to play golf Sunday before Abe gives Trump the chance to present his "President's Cup" trophy to the victor of a sumo wrestling championship match. Trump sponsored major events, appeared in bits and was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013.

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The dinner meeting was meant to promote investment and a new trade agreement to reduce the $68 billion trade deficit with Japan as Trump insists that the United States has gotten an unfair deal. Naruhito will welcome Mr Trump to the Imperial Palace on Monday for a meeting and banquet in his honour.

The North Korean missile launches "are a breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions and extremely regrettable", Mr. Abe said in Tokyo last week. The U.S. and Japan are now negotiating a trade deal and Abe is expected to push Trump for a deal that avoids tariffs on Japan's lucrative auto exports.

While Melania Trump was playing with kids, her husband was playing golf with the prime minister.

"It was wonderful", Abe told reporters as he returned to his official residence from the country club.

"The Japanese have not decided officially yet whether they'll procure the F-35B, but there's an terrible lot of interest", he said.

Tradition holds that American presidents and candidates avoid politicking while on foreign soil, but Trump is not one to abide by such norms.

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On Monday, they are set to have bilateral talks that are likely to focus on trade, as Donald Trump has earlier complained about the growing trade deficit with Japan and barriers to USA exports.

Trump has sought a bilateral deal with Tokyo since he pulled the USA from the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement two years ago, though analysts expect no breakthroughs during the trip. "I think the president will also express support for Prime Minister Abe's interest in exploring bilateral diplomacy with Kim Jong Un".

Some observers suspect Abe is rolling out the red carpet to present Japan as the most favourable of the countries now engaged in trade disputes with Washington but little concrete progress is expected with elections looming for the Japanese PM.

The two men share a warm relationship, which the Japanese leader aims to emphasise as Washington considers tariffs on Japanese auto exports that the Trump administration views as a potential national security threat. Agriculture and beef heavily in play.

"Much will wait until after their July elections where I anticipate big numbers".

Joining the president for the tournament was a full house of White House officials and diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, press secretary Sarah Sanders and adviser Stephen Miller.

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In April, Japan's trade surplus surged nearly 18 percent to $6.6bn.