트럼프-아베, 골프•스모로 ‘친분 과시’… 월요일엔 일왕 면담 및 정상회담
After spending a day playing golf and watching sumo wrestling, U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get down to business today… as they sit down for a bilateral summit, the eleventh of its kind between the two leaders.
Expected to be on the agenda today are trade and security concerns including North Korea.
Arirang’s Oh Jung-hee has the details.
Golf, cheeseburgers and sumo wrestling — that’s how U.S. President Donald Trump’s second day in Japan could be summed up.
On Sunday, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe started their day with a round of golf at Mobara Country Club, south of Tokyo.
For their fifth game since Trump became president, they were joined for 16 holes by Isao Aoki, a veteran Japanese golfer.
Lunch was double cheeseburgers with U.S. beef.
Then the first couples attended the final day of Japan’s sumo tournament… where President Trump presented the grand champion, Asanoyama, with the President’s Cup.
Trump was the first sitting American president to attend a sumo tournament.
They wrapped up the day with dinner at a hibachi restaurant.
“It’s over 200 years since something like this has happened, so it’s a great honor to be representing the United States. The Prime Minister and I talked a lot today about trade and military and various other things. I think we had a very productive day. Tomorrow, likewise we’ll be a very productive day.”
Trump’s four-day state visit to Japan is to highlight the strength of the Washington-Tokyo alliance as well as for both of them to ramp up domestic support ahead of upcoming elections — one for Trump next year, and one for Abe this summer.
But behind their smiles, they have a wide range of thorny issues to discuss from trade to North Korea.
Uncertainty lingers over their growing trade tensions.
President Trump is unhappy with Japan’s large trade surplus with the U.S. and is considering putting high tariffs on its auto exports, though he tweeted Sunday (quote)”much will wait” until Japan’s July elections.
On Monday, President Trump will become the first foreign leader to meet with Japan’s new emperor Naruhito, since he ascended to the throne on May 1st.
Then, Trump and Abe will have more summit talks and hold a joint news conference.
The U.S. President is also to be the guest of honor at a banquet hosted by the Japanese emperor at the Imperial Palace.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.