US Diplomacy: President Trump and Prime Minister Abe to Play Golf
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump will likely spend more time on the golf course than at the White House.
After facing off on some divisive issues in Washington Friday, they jeted to Florida, where they will turn to something they have in common on Saturday: a love of golf.
President Trump’s firm operates 18 golf courses around the world and has his own golf channel. He is said to be 1 of the best golfers in US Presidential history.
The Big Q: Can PM Abe get close?
The Big A: His score is a “state secret,” Abe once told Japanese reporters staking him out when he played, and that has become the official line. But last August, a fellow player reported that Abe had done well, finishing with a 91. His handicap is a secret.
President Trump shoots in the 70’s and had a handicap of 2.8 last year, according to Golf Digest magazine.
Though he goes after the ball hard, Golf Digest described his approach as “quite under control.”
Tiger Woods played golf with President Trump in Florida just before Christmas, and said he was impressed with how hard President Trump hit the ball for a 70-year-old. “People don’t realize he’s that old and he can rip it and hit it as far as he does. Keeps himself in pretty good shape and pretty good health and has an inordinate amount of energy,” Mr. Woods said.
PM Abe rushed to New York to meet Donald Trump days after the November election and gave him a Honma driver. Mr. Trump reciprocated with a golf shirt and other golf goods.
Japanese media will be watching closely to see if they use those gifts at Trump’s golf course in West Palm Beach.
PM Abe is not the first Japanese prime minister to be invited to golf by an American leader. His grandfather and role model, then-Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, played with then-President Dwight Eisenhower in Y 1957, ahead of talks on a revision to the 1951 US-Japan security pact.
Have a terrific weekend.