President Donald Trump started his five-nation Asian tour in Japan with hamburgers and wagyu steak, nine holes of golf, and an indirect yet blunt warning to North Korea, which will be the focus of his trip to the region.
Together with our allies, America’s warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities,” Mr Trump told American troops at Yokota air force base outside Tokyo after arriving in Japan on Sunday morning. “No one — no dictator, no regime, and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve. Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them.
Minutes later, Mr Trump departed on his Marine One helicopter for a golf course where he and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe signed white trucker hats emblazoned with the words “Donald & Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater” before the pair hit the fairways with Hideki Matsuyama, the world’s number four golfer.