President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dined at one of Tokyo’s finest restaurants with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie.
The leaders and their wives enjoyed a private meal at Ginza Ukai Tei, where dinner courses cost at least $200.
Entering the restaurant, Trump told reporters that he had an ‘extraordinary’ relationship Abe, whom he played golf with earlier today.
He said they would continue their discussions over dinner, ‘where I think we will insult everybody by continuing to talk about trade.’
Trump leaned over to look at his wife and Abe’s wife as he made the quip, grinning after he said it.
‘But the time is a little bit limited, And then tomorrow’s a very busy day,’ he observed. ‘So thank you all for being here. We appreciate it. Okay?’
Trump and Abe will have a full afternoon of talks tomorrow on trade and the security threat posed by a nuclear North Korea.
‘And we’re doing very well. I think we’re doing very well. The relationship is really extraordinary,’ the U.S. president said Sunday evening of his informal conversations earlier in the day with Abe, who stayed silent as the visiting leader addressed a pack of press.
‘We like each other, and our countries like each other, and I don’t think we’ve ever been closer to Japan than we are right now,’ Trump asserted. ‘So it’s a great honor. Believe me. It’s a great honor.’