Gamesmanship begins: Abe lowers expectations for golf with Trump

President Donald Trump walks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a news conference at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump walks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a news conference at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe conducted business in Washington today, but their weekend in Palm Beach seemed to be on their minds.

 

Trump and Abe are scheduled to land at Palm Beach International Airport later today.

 

After the two leaders sat in the Oval Office and shook hands for photos today, Trump said “Strong hands” and motioned a golf swing as the media was escorted from the room.

 

During their joint news conference, Abe — the grandson of former Japanese Prime Minister Nobosuke Kishi, who golfed with former President Dwight Eisenhower in 1957 — seemed to be lowering expectations before their planned Saturday golf outing in Jupiter.

 

“My score in golf is not up to the level of Donald at all, but my policy is, ‘never up, never in,’ always aiming for the cup,” Abe said through a translator.

 

The news conference concluded with Trump saying “Let’s go to Florida.”

 

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