President Trump meets with Japan's prime minister

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5:09 p.m. ET, April 18, 2018

Trump and Abe played golf this morning

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach this morning.

The visit marks Trump's 144th day as president that he has visited either a property that bears his name or one that the Trump Organization owns.

It is his 107th day at one of his golf properties.

Trump later tweeted about their round of golf:

5:05 p.m. ET: This post was updated with Trump's tweet.

2:03 p.m. ET, April 18, 2018

Trump confirmed Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state pick, met Kim Jong Un

CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited North Korea and met with leader Kim Jong Un last week, President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning.

Pompeo is also Trump's nominee for secretary of state.

Officials say the meeting happened, just not when Trump says it did. Despite the president's tweet that Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un last week, a senior White House official confirms that that meeting occurred on Easter weekend — not last week.

1:50 p.m. ET, April 18, 2018

How Trump and Abe spent their first day together

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived at Mar-a-Lago in Florida yesterday. He was greeted by President Trump for two days of meetings and events.

Shortly after Abe's arrival, Trump told reporters they'd be discussing trade, military and security:

Trump and Abe are expected to discuss the "maximum pressure" campaign on North Korea ahead of Trump's expected meeting with Kim Jong Un this spring. Yesterday, Trump said that meeting will come "very soon."

Later on Tuesday, Trump, Abe and their wives went for a "friendship walk." The leaders and first ladies stopped briefly to talk to reporters.

"We getting a lot of things done," Trump said. "A lot of great things between our two countries."

Here's White House footage of the walk:

1:41 p.m. ET, April 18, 2018

This is Prime Minister Abe's second trip to Mar-a-Lago. A refresher on what happened the last time.


President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have developed a close relationship: Not only was Abe the first foreign leader to meet Trump after his November 2016 victory, he was the first to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago after becoming President. 

Here's what happened during their first Mar-a-Lago meeting, in February 2017:

During dinner, a call to President Trump came in: North Korea had launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, its first challenge to international rules since Trump was sworn in three weeks earlier.

Trump took the call on a mobile phone at his table, which was set squarely in the middle of the private club's dining area. As Mar-a-Lago's wealthy members looked on from their tables, and with a keyboard player crooning in the background, Trump and Abe's evening meal quickly morphed into a strategy session, the decision-making on full view to fellow diners, who described it in detail to CNN.