Trump meets Japan's new emperor in lavish welcome ceremony

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE became the first foreign leader to meet with Japan's new emperor at a ceremony in Tokyo on Monday morning. 

Trump met Emperor Naruhito at a ceremony full of pageantry at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. It is part of a lavish state visit to Japan by Trump that has also featured a visit to a sumo wrestling match on Sunday.

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Trump is set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later on Monday and will also attend a state banquet with the emperor later in the evening.

A military band and dozens of children waving American and Japanese flags were a part of the ceremony, which was also attended by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE and several White House aides, including press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: 'I thought it was an Onion headline' Donald Trump: The Boomer TV president MORE Sanders and national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEx-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon Congress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity MORE.

The display sent a signal of deep unity between the United States and Japan amid Trump's trade war with China, the rising economic power in the region. Trump this month raised tariffs on China after a failure to reach a trade agreement with Beijing.

North Korea is expected to be a subject of discussion when Trump meets with Abe.

The ceremony follows a tweet from Trump over the weekend in which the president said he “smiled” at North Korean Chairman Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the new nuclear danger MORE’s characterization of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE as “low IQ” and said he “ha[s] confidence” in Kim’s commitment to his promise to Trump despite a North Korean missile test earlier this month, which Bolton on Saturday called a violation of United Nations resolutions.

Trump's tweet contradicted Bolton's remarks.

“U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles,” Bolton told reporters in Tokyo, according to The Associated Press. “In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”

Trump also has come under criticism for agreeing with Kim's criticism of Biden.

Trump has met twice with Kim, a dictator previous presidents had not agreed to meet.