Golf-loving Trump, Abe to tee off Asia trip with 18 holes

Donald Trump will visit Japan on November 5-7 as part of a five-nation Asia tour set to be dominated by concerns about North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Donald Trump (right) will start his first trip to Asia as the U.S. president in November 2017 in somewhat predictable fashion: with a round of golf with Shinzo Abe.   -  AP

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe will again bond on the golf course as the US president tees off his 11-day Asian tour with a visit to the Japanese prime minister.

Trump will visit Japan on November 5-7 as part of a five-nation Asia tour set to be dominated by concerns about North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

In the afternoon of his arrival day, Trump and Abe will play golf with one of the world's best pros Hideki Matsuyama, Japan's top government spokesman told reporters Tuesday.

The golf-loving pair have forged close ties both on and off the green.

Abe became the first foreign leader to visit Trump Tower in New York — before the now president was even inaugurated — warmly shaking hands with the tycoon in glittering surroundings.

They then jetted off to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for a spot of "golf diplomacy", with the US president praising Abe's "strong hands" and a "very, very good chemistry".

As a present, Abe gave Trump a driver worth around $4,500.

Abe, 63, has emphasized that his golf skills are not on par with the billionaire Republican's.

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