Abe, Trump Play 27 Holes of Golf Together (News)


Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō played golf with US President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday, in another round of diplomacy intended to build a personal relationship of trust following their first summit in Washington on Friday.

Abe and Trump played 18 holes at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter in the morning near Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, where they are spending their weekend together. Professional golfer Ernie Els joined them for the round.

The two leaders played an additional nine holes at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in the afternoon.

Trump posted a photo on Twitter of the two leaders exchanging a high-five while playing golf. He tweeted, "Having a great time hosting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the United States!"

Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to have played golf with a US president since his grandfather, Kishi Nobusuke, did so with President Dwight Eisenhower near Washington in 1957, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Trump Touts Friendship with Abe

Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump touted his friendship with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in a press conference after their first summit in Washington on Friday, describing that they have a "very, very good chemistry" in their relationship.

"We developed a great friendship," said Trump, noting that when he greeted Abe before their White House meeting, he hugged the Japanese leader instead of shaking hands, "because that's the way we feel."

Trump posted a photograph on his twitter account on Friday that shows him and Abe aboard the Marine One presidential helicopter heading from Washington to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

In the same press conference, the prime minister noted that his surname "Abe" is sometimes mistakenly pronounced in the United States, making him sound the same as the nickname of former US President Abraham Lincoln.

"But that is not bad," Abe said, praising the dynamism of democracy in the United States and suggesting resemblance between the farmer's son-turned historical figure and Trump, who had no experience in serving in the public office before he was sworn in as the president last month.

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