Donald Trump setting up golf round with Hideki Matsuyama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
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Donald Trump setting up golf round with Hideki Matsuyama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe


President Donald Trump is looking to set up another round of golf with newly re-elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Trump's hoping to get Hideki Matsuyama as a third in the group.

Trump is making his first official visit to Japan as Commander-in-Chief in November, and it appears he's going to play golf with Abe after the pair teed it up in Florida when the PM visited Mar-a-Lago in February. Abe had sent Trump a $3,500 Honma driver as a pre-inauguration gift, which Trump used during the round.

CNN reports Abe's office confirmed the planned outing will include Matsuyama, who is currently world No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The White House didn't confirm the outing, but Trump administration policy is to rarely acknowledge any of the President's golf rounds. Typically, pool reporters are taken to his golf clubs in northern Virginia and New Jersey, but they're not usually told explicitly Trump is playing golf.

As President, Trump has spent 75 days at one of his 17 owned-or-operated golf properties in the United States. Critics of the President say his golf habit is driving the Secret Service out of money, as the cost of protection required for him and his family reaches budget-busting figures. He is yet to play golf as President -- at least in a round acknowledged by The White House -- at a non-Trump property.


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