Abe, Trump set to play golf in U.S.
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will play golf with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday during his visit to the United States, it has been learned.
Abe is scheduled to visit the United States on Tuesday.
The golf outing will take place separately from the two leaders’ summit meeting.
Abe mentioned the plan to other attendees of a high school reunion held in Tokyo on Saturday evening.
Abe played golf with Trump when he visited the United States in February last year, and they played again during Trump’s visit to Japan in November.
When Trump initially invited Abe to go golfing during the upcoming visit, there was caution within the government over accepting the proposal, as the Abe Cabinet faced mounting pressure over such issues as the alteration of official Finance Ministry documents.
However, in light of the many issues confronting both countries, including trade and the situation involving North Korea, it was decided that Abe would benefit from deepening his relationship of trust with Trump through golf diplomacy.