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


Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan yesterday, saying the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and "no dictator" should underestimate U.S. resolve.

It comes as Trump sets off on a whirlwind tour of Asia to discuss North Korea's nukes with diferent leaders.

Abe told reporters after the golf session that the two could talk frankly in a relaxed atmosphere while out on the course. He is expected to play golf with Abe, have tea with the emperor and empress, and meet with relatives of Japanese kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. "We like each other and our countries like each other", Trump said Sunday night before dinner with Abe, who for this meal did show Trump traditional cuisine with a teppanyaki dinner.

Abe said he and Trump were able to "carry out in depth discussion, at times touching on various hard issues".

US first lady Melania Trump, second from right, and her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe, third from right, listen to sales manager Hajime Fukuju, left, during their visit to Mikimoto Ginza Main Store, Japan's pearl jewelry maker, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

The low- key start was a prelude to the formal talks planned in Tokyo Monday. He was the first to call Trump after the election, and rushed to NY days later to meet the president-elect and present him with a pricey, gold Honma golf driver.

North Korea's recent actions, including several missiles that flew over Japan and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test, have raised the stakes in the most critical global challenge of Mr Trump's presidency.

Speaking to cheering military personnel at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo, Trump donned a bomber jacket and issued a threat that "no one, no dictator, no regime and no nation should underestimate".

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He added that North Korea was a "big problem for our country and for the world, and we want to get it solved" but had kind words for the people in the hermit state.

"We may have a meeting with Putin", he said.

But President Donald Trump and Russian Premier Vladimir Putin have not yet addressed the issue together.

The easy rapport with Japan could be strained if Trump takes an aggressive approach on trade or the two men disagree on how best to approach the threat looming in Pyongyang.

During the campaign, Trump criticized Japan for not spending enough on its own defense and forcing USA taxpayers to make up the difference.

Trump told Fox News this week that it was possible he would meet Putin during his Asia trip.