Donald Trump has been checking off items from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bucket list. Withdraw from the Iran nuclear treaty — check. Withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement — check. Antagonize all of the U.S.’s allies — check, but with one exception.
POTUS headed over to Japan to be petted and pampered by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. They treated him like a king, so Trump was very happy:
‘Tonight in Tokyo, Japan at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Stadium, it was my great honor to present the first-ever U.S. President’s Cup to Sumo GrandC hampion Asanoyama. Congratulations! A great time had by all, thank you
Abe scored high with the sumo wrestlers:
‘Thank you @JPN_PMO @AbeShinzo! #POTUSinJapan????’
The man in the Oval Office loved the sumo wrestlers event:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2019
Still, POTUS could not get the American press off of his mind:
‘Why doesn’t the press apologize to President Trump for the Russian Collusion Delusion?”
@marklevinshow @JudgeJeanine How about the Dems also?’
Then, Trump added a compliment for prisoner of war patriots:
‘The Great Patriots of Rolling Thunder WILL be coming back to Washington, D.C. next year, & hopefully for many years to come. It is where they want to be, & where they should be. Have a wonderful time today. Thank you to our great men & women of the Pentagon for working it out!’
Japan’s Prime Minister Abe’s invitation was to emphasize the two men’s warm relationships and expand their trade and security interests. However, Trump still sees Japan as a rival based upon the country’s economic rise in the 1980s. Of course, POTUS was still worried about Japan’s $68 billion trade deficit, according to CNN.
Trump ignored Abe’s asks to take the steel and aluminum tariffs off of Japan. Instead, the U.S. president threatened additional tariffs should they not be able to work out a new bilateral trade agreement within the next six months.
The U.S. president started off dinner consisting of his very special food requests talking about what the two leaders discussed, “trade and military and various other things.” His food came on a long wooden paddle. It was not clear whether this was a Japanese custom or due to POTUS’ severe fear of germs:
“The prime minister and I talked lot today about trade and military and various other things. I think we had a very productive day. We bought that beautiful trophy which they’ll have hopefully for many hundreds of years.’
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