FUKUOKA -- U.S. President Donald Trump invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to play golf when they get together for a Japan-U.S. summit in late September at the time of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso disclosed at a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) meeting here on Sept. 4.
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Abe and Trump have hit the links several times together in the past, using "golf diplomacy" to underscore their close personal relationship.
Aso mentioned at the meeting that Trump had proposed to Abe to play golf after hearing that the prime minister plans to attend the U.N. General Assembly. While Abe cautiously responded that he is too preoccupied with the upcoming LDP presidential leadership election at the moment to think about golf, Trump apparently said that Abe doesn't need to come to the president's vacation house in Florida as they could play at Trump's golf course in New Jersey. New Jersey is next to New York, where the U.N. headquarters is located.
(Japanese original by Minami Nomaguchi, Political News Department)