President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wrapped up their four-day visit to Japan on May 27. The president’s visit to Japan was meant to advance the U.S.’s partnership with Japan, in joint efforts to work toward a new era of global cooperation and shared prosperity, according to an official White House statement.
During a stop to refuel, the president took an opportunity to greet and chat with troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday, May 24.
President Trump promoted the United States under his leadership to several dozen Japanese business leaders at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday. It was his first event after arriving in Tokyo.
He told them “there’s never been a better time” to invest or do business in America, and he urged corporate leaders to come. He said the two countries “are hard at work” negotiating a trade agreement.
“I would say that Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that’s OK,” Trump said, joking that “maybe that’s why you like me so much,” said the president.
Not only a golf course owner but an avid golfer as well, President Trump spent a few hours playing a round of golf with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday.
President Trump is the first American president to attend a major sumo wrestling tournament. Not only that, he awarded the sumo champion a trophy he created and brought with him called the “President’s Cup.” He said he hoped the Japanese would continue to bestow the Trump cup for hundreds of years.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump began Monday’s formal visit with handshakes and greetings with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.
President Trump is the first world leader to be meet Emperor Naruhito, who ascended to the throne on May 1, opening what is called the era of “Reiwa” (RAY-wah), or “beautiful harmony.”
President Trump had a six-course state banquet dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The White House said Monday’s menu included Consommé a la Royale, Turbot a la Meunière Sauce Tomate, Cote de Boeuf Rotie, Salade de Saison, Glace Mont Fuji and a dessert of melon and grapes.
Music was performed by the Imperial Household Orchestra.
The president spent his last night in Tokyo at the banquet hosted by the country’s new emperor and empress.
Also in attendance were a slew of top-ranking Japanese and U.S. officials, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife.
In honor of Memorial Day, President Trump stopped for a visit to deliver a speech to troops at the U.S. Military Base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. They gathered aboard the USS WASP.
It was the day after Memorial Day in Japan, but still Memorial Day in the United States, therefore he treated his visit as a Memorial Day event. Troops shouted “U.S.A., U.S.A” and cheered the president on. He was introduced by First Lady Melania Trump.
“On this Memorial Day evening in the United States, Americans are concluding a sacred day of remembrance, reflection, and prayer,” said the president.