Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit

Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE arrived in Tokyo on Saturday for his weekend trip to be the first state guest of Japan since the enthronement of its new emperor.

Trump's plane landed just before 5 p.m. local time at the Haneda Airport, with the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump to speak on coronavirus as pressure mounts Five takeaways from Trump's trip to India Melania Trump attends 'happiness' class during India visit MORE greeted by multiple U.S. and Japanese officials on the tarmac, according to White House pool reports.

Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono and his wife, Kaori; U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty; Commander of U.S. Forces Japan Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider; and other Japanese diplomatic officials were on hand for the arrival.


The president then headed to a reception with more than two dozen Japanese business leaders at the U.S. ambassador's residence. Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Tucker Carlson calls out Mick Mulvaney on immigration remarks: 'Dishonest and stupid' Trump furious after officials allowed Americans with coronavirus to fly home with other passengers: report MORE and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE were expected to be among those at the gathering Saturday evening.

"We walk off the plane and here we are along with probably 40 of the greatest business leaders in the world," Trump quipped during a short speech at the reception. "You really have some people who have just been incredible, incredible investors in our country."

Trump emphasized the economic bond between the U.S. and Japan, saying the relationship "has never been stronger" or "more powerful." However, he also argued that trade will be "a little bit more fair" after a bilateral deal is sealed.

"Japan has had a substantial edge for many, many years, but that’s OK. Maybe that’s why you like us so much," he said.

Trump is slated to play golf on Sunday morning with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before attending a sumo tournament, a major part of Japanese culture. There, Trump is expected to offer a branded trophy to the champion. A senior White House official said Saturday that the trophy measures roughly 54 inches tall and weighs at least 60 pounds, calling it the "President's Cup."

The overseas trip, which falls over the Memorial Day weekend, gives Trump an opportunity to cast aside partisan wars in Washington for a few days. The visit will include a number of ceremonial moments, with less focus on substantive policy discussions, though trade and North Korea are expected to come up during a bilateral meeting.