Trump Watches Sumo, Has Dinner With Abe

Trump watches sumo, has dinner with Abe

US President Donald Trump watched sumo and had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, the first full day of his state visit to Japan.

Trump and Abe, along with their wives Melania and Akie, watched some bouts on the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

The two couples had dinner at a Japanese restaurant that serves food prepared on a charcoal grill.

Abe said he is glad to welcome Trump and the First Lady as the first state guests of the Reiwa era.

Abe said he and Trump enjoyed golf in the morning, adding that the president is a tough golfer as well as a tough dealmaker.

He also said Trump handed the president's trophy to Asanoyama, who clinched his first-ever tournament title, and it must be an unforgettable moment for the wrestler.

Abe added that he wants to discuss a wide range of topics with Trump in the relaxed atmosphere of the "robatayaki" restaurant.

Trump said he had a great time with Prime Minister Abe and they talked a lot about trade and various other things. He said it was a very productive day, and he thinks Monday will also be very productive.

The dinner lasted for a little over an hour.

Abe hopes that spending a whole day with Trump will help to deepen their personal ties and show the world that the Japan-US alliance remains solid.