Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe first bonded over a gifted golden golf membership in honor of Trump’s election. Then, Trump invited the Japanese prime minister to play a spherical at his unique non-public course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Now, Abe is returning the favor on the president’s first official go to to Japan — and making a spherical of golf the primary official exercise of Trump’s 13-day Asia tour.
The White House says Trump and Abe will play Sunday on the Kasumigaseki Country Club, the deliberate web site of the 2020 Olympics golf event.
The membership says its tenet is “good fellowship, as expressed in the spirit of fair play, familiarity and trust in the members.”
Building belief and private rapport between the 2 leaders is likely one of the key targets of the go to, administration and Japanese officers have mentioned. The males additionally deliberate a non-public lunch on the membership.
Trump, 71, and Abe, 63, can be joined by 25-year-old Japanese skilled golfer Hideki Matsuyama, in line with the White House.
“I wasn’t sure if I’d be good enough. But I hope to have fun so that it will be engraved in my memory,” Matsuyama, who’s 4th within the PGA world rankings, mentioned Friday at a event in Shanghai, in line with the Japan Times. “I’ll do my best not to lose [to Trump].”
When Trump hosted Abe in Florida in February 2016, he invited South African professional golfer Ernie Els to hitch the spherical.
The Kasumigaseki course, based in 1929, is broadly thought-about the birthplace of Japan’s fashionable golf craze however has lately been on the heart of controversy. Facing public criticism over the membership’s insurance policies towards girls, 2020 Olympics organizers threatened to maneuver to a unique venue until the principles had been change.
The membership in the end ceded to strain in March and now permits girls to be full members.