With the world seemingly in turmoil over the election of Donald Trump as President of the United State, foreign leaders are one by one starting the pilgrimage to meet with the President in the White House. This week, it was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who became the second important world leader to make a visit.
PM Abe’s visit was most likely intended to get some reassurances about the direction of the U.S. economy and how the U.S. intends to deal with China regarding trade and its illegal occupancy of the major shoals in the South China Sea. After the initial meeting was concluded, both leaders were all smiles with claims that things had gone quite well.
According to President Trump, “We have a very, very good bond, very, very good chemistry.” Trump later added, “I’ll let you know if it changes, but I don’t think it will.”
In his reply to President Trump’s message, PM Abe said, “I would like to celebrate and congratulate Donald being sworn in as the president.” Since Trump was not wearing his translation earpiece at the time, it’s unclear whether or not he fully understood PM Abe’s message, though he smiled and nodded on several occasions.
After much of the business portion of the trip had concluded, the two leaders headed out to the golf course for a little relaxation and camaraderie. When asked about the golf outing, PM Abe responded, “We will play golf together. My scores in golf [are] not up to the level of Donald at all, but my policy is never up, never in, always aiming for the cup. In a relaxed atmosphere, I hope to take time to discuss with Donald on the future of the world, future of the region, and future of Japan and the United States.”
When all was said and done, President Trump had given the Japanese Prime Minister all the assurances he needed.