President Donald Trump speaks as he and first lady Melania Trump have dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: 'A great day' of golf, sumo in Japan for Trump

May 26, 2019 - 5:22 am

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he had "a great day" playing golf and attending a sumo tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay).

Before the leaders and their wives sat down for dinner at a hibachi restaurant, Trump told reporters that he always wanted to see sumo wrestling and that it was an "incredible evening."

Trump also said he hopes the "President's Cup" that he presented to the tournament's winner will be around "for many hundreds of years."

Abe said he believes the presentation was an "unforgettable moment" for the champion wrestler.

Trump also said the leaders had a productive day discussing trade, the military and other topics during their time together.


5:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump has presented a special "Trump" trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament in Tokyo.

The giant eagle-topped "President's Cup" has gone to wrestler Asanoyama, who actually clinched the title before the matches that Trump attended Sunday.

Trump read a certificate awarding Asanoyam the cup in honor of the wrestler's outstanding achievement.

The president hoisted the hefty cup into Asanoyama's arms with the help of an official. The White House says the trophy is 54 inches (137 centimeters) tall and weighs 60 pounds to 70 pounds (27 kg to 32 kg).

Asanoyama was also presented with the prime minister's and emperor's trophies.

The 25-year-old Asanoyama, whose real name is Hiroki Ishibashi, weighs 390 pounds.


5:00 p.m.

President Donald Trump is sitting ringside at an annual summer sumo wrestling championship in Tokyo.

Trump is in a low-back chair, in a break from the custom of sitting cross-legged on a mat.

The president, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, joined an estimated 11,500 people who are in the arena to see Sunday's event.

The Japan Sumo Association instituted some safety precautions because of Trump, including cutting in half the number of same-day tickets sold. Ticket holders also had their bags checked at the entrance, and canned and bottled drinks were banned.

The throwing of zabuton cushions that participants sit on — something that's traditionally done to express disappointment — also was banned.


3:30 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) says golfing with President Donald Trump provided them time to privately share their views — ostensibly on matters beyond the sport.

Abe is trying to entertain the president and stay on his good side as the two face challenging trade talks. Appealing to Trump's taste in food, Abe served him a double cheeseburger made of U.S. beef for lunch.

The leaders played 16 holes Sunday on a golf course south of Tokyo.

Afterward, Abe told reporters: "We were able to exchange views in a cozy atmosphere. It was wonderful."


2:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump tweeted after playing golf with Japan's prime minister that he was told by "Numerous Japanese officials" that "the Democrats would rather see the United States fail than see me or the Republican Party succeed - Death Wish!"

It's an unusually political statement coming from a president in the middle of an international trip.

Trump also tweeted that "Great progress" is "being made in our Trade Negotiations with Japan," though he has said that he doesn't expect a deal to be reached until after July's Japanese upper house election.


1:30 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's (shin-zoh AH'-bayz) effort to court President Donald Trump included a double cheeseburger — made with U.S. beef — for lunch after they played golf.

The outing is part of Abe's campaign to stay on Trump's good side amid trade tensions between their countries.

Abe and Trump played 16 holes and had breakfast together before teeing off.

The Foreign Ministry says in a statement that the leaders "deepened their friendship amid a cozy atmosphere."


1:10 p.m.

The silver trophy that President Donald Trump has given to a champion sumo wrestler has gold detail, stands on a wooden base and features an eagle with its wings spread perched on top.

The inscription includes a pair of presidential seals and reads: "Presented by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, to the Sumo Grand Champion, Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament, May 26, 2019."


9:45 a.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) drove President Donald Trump around the Mobara Country Club in a golf cart as they met to play another round.

Abe wore white pants and a dark blue sport coat. Trump wore a red half-zip pullover with a white shirt and dark pants.

It's the fifth time the leaders have played golf. It's part of a continuing charm offense by Abe to stay on Trump's good side amid trade tensions between their countries.


8:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is lowering expectations that he'll make significant headway on trade talks during his trip to Japan.

Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts tweets that Trump called him Sunday morning in Tokyo and told him that while he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) will discuss trade during Trump's visit to Japan, Trump intends to wait until after Japan's July elections to push for a deal.

Trump has said he hopes the new deal will address a trade imbalance, remove barriers to U.S. exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in the relationship.


8:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump is playing down recent North Korean missile tests. He tweets from Tokyo that the tests aren't a concern for him, even though they are for Japan.

Trump says that the North "fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me."

That message appears to contradict what his own national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters Saturday. Bolton said the short-range missile tests are a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Trump says "he has confidence" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) "will keep his promise to me."

Trump's also embracing Kim's verbal taunts on Joe Biden, the former vice president who's now running for the Democratic nomination for president.

AP Editorial Categories: 
Comments ()