Trump to play round of golf with Japanese PM in Florida

He watched part of the Super Bowl there Sunday evening, but did Trump actually tee it up in his first round of golf since his inauguration?

"We're going to have a round of golf, which is a great thing", Trump said.

"As previously announced, he will visit the White House for meetings on the 10th of February".

Trump's schedule may or may not have included golf this weekend, but it looks like he has a tee time ready for next weekend.

During his USA visit that kicks off this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to play a round of golf with President Donald Trump, a match-up he hopes will build closer personal ties.

Pres Trump plans to return to Palm Beach next weekend for a round of golf with Japanese PM Abe, who visits the WH for talks on Friday.

Another option, if Abe determines that Trump is most concerned about the trade gap, is to increase imports of USA shale oil or gas on top of the investment package, according to a top executive at a major corporation who is close to Abe.

When asked whether Abe is a good golfer or if he would have a bet on the game, the president said the Japanese prime minister "loves the game".

"That's the one thing about golf - you get to know somebody better on a golf course than you will over lunch".

He has threatened to impose a tax on vehicle imports from Mexico, criticized Japan's trade gap with the United States and most recently accused Japan, along with China and Germany, of devaluing their currencies to the detriment of US companies.

"(We) want this trip to be an opportunity for (the leaders) to hold a frank exchange of views and display to the world that the Japan-U.S. alliance is unwavering", Suga, the top government spokesman, said. He also suggested the U.S. -Japan security arrangement was one-sided.

He even praised Japan as "a model" among USA allies in sharing costs for US forces stationed overseas.

"If it is the trade surplus that Trump cares the most about, for instance, then we could come up with a few possible solutions", including importing more USA shale oil or gas.

Asked if Abe and Trump will discuss economic issues, Suga would only say the two countries have yet to decide the details on what will be discussed. "I believe constructive discussion will be held" by Abe and Trump, Suga said, without elaborating further.

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