President Donald Trump has embarked on a trip to Asia, which USA Today reported is the longest presidential tour of the region in a quarter century. His 13-day trip kicked off in Japan with a meeting met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The two met at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Tokyo, where they played an informal round of nine holes worth of golf. According to the Los Angeles Times, Abe called Trump a “marvelous friend” and said their golf game was “full of spirited conversation.”
In addition to a good game and good conversation, the Japanese prime minister gave the American leader a gift that may have looked a bit familiar. The two leaders autographed white hats that featured their first names and the slogan “Make Alliance Even Greater.”
“The relationship is really extraordinary. We like each other and our countries like each other,” The Associated Press reported Trump said in reference to Abe. “And I don’t think we’ve ever been closer to Japan than we are right now.”
According to the White House, the president has three goals for the 13-day tour:
- Strengthening international resolve to denuclearize North Korea.
- Promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
- Advancing American prosperity through fair and reciprocal trade.
After Japan, Trump will visit South Korea, China, Vietnam, and conclude in the Philippines.