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

Nov 06, 2017, 00:28
Donald Trump in Japan: Golf, New Hats, and Dinner with Shinzo Abe

"Trumpian rhetoric to "totally destroy" North Korea is not helpful at a time when, alarmingly, the likelihood of all-out war on the Korean Peninsula has moved from remotely possible to nearly palpable", William Choong and Alexander Neill, senior fellows at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote in a report.

"We've dealt ISIS one brutal defeat after another, and it's about time", he said, adding that he has proposed increases in the defense budget.

Like their predecessors, today's service members are courageous warriors who are the last bulwark against threats to the dreams of people in America, Japan and across the world, Trump said.

In this aerial image, U.S. President Donald Trump, second from right, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama, third from right in blue, play golf at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, north of Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

"We want Putin's help on North Korea, and we'll be meeting with a lot of different leaders", Trump said midway through the eight-hour flight to Tokyo from Honolulu, where he'd spent the night.

Trump denied being at a disadvantage when reporters noted on Sunday that Xi was in a particularly powerful position.

Trump and his aides had hoped this week's grueling itinerary through five countries would help distract from the Russian Federation matter, though Trump himself appeared preoccupied by the issue as he departed the White House on Friday, unleashing a stream of tweets as Air Force One headed toward Hawaii.

Trump's trip to the continent will be the longest by a USA president in more than 25 years, with additional stops in South Korea, China and the Philippines.

Abe welcomed Trump on Sunday with an effusive display of friendship that will now give way to high-stakes diplomacy. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe are calling their golf outing a success.

The U.S. military comprises the greatest hope for people who desire to live in freedom and harmony, and they are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent, he said.

Trump and Putin could cross paths twice during the president's lengthy Asia trip: first at a summit in Vietnam and later in the Philippines.

"We're in the midst of having very major discussions on many subjects, including North Korea and trade and we're doing very well", Trump told reporters in front of a restaurant in Tokyo alongside Abe. Abe will be looking for a united front against North Korea and reassurances that the US will stand by its treaty obligations to defend Japan if attacked. The Trumps tossed white flower petals into the waters at the memorial in honour of those who died at Pearl Harbor.

Japan is the first stop on Trump's five-nation Asia tour.

His trip got off to a colorful start in Hawaii. He says: "I am landing shortly". Mr. Trump extended the trip by a day on Friday when he agreed to participate in a summit of East Asian nations in Manila. He will kick off with an event at Yokota Air Base.

The trip will also put Trump in face-to-face meetings with authoritarian leaders for whom he has expressed admiration. He's set to make his case to Asian allies and rivals about the need to counter North Korea's nuclear threat. Just days ago, his former campaign chairman was indicted and another adviser pleaded guilty as part of an investigation into possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian officials.

Trump's trip will be the longest Asia visit for any USA president since George H.W. Bush went there in 1992, when he fell ill during a state dinner with the Japanese prime minister. The North's growing missile arsenal threatens the capitals Trump will visit.

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