Sat, Feb. 11, 2017: Trump, Abe hold brief press conference condemning N. Korea missile launch

President Donald Trump on Saturday night confronted his first international test after North Korea launched a ballistic missile, saying in a hastily organized press conference from his Mar-a-Lago resort that the United States “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.”

His brief remarks came at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been spending the weekend with Trump in Florida.

At the three-minute-long press conference, where neither of the world leaders took questions, Abe decried the launch “as absolutely intolerable.”

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Sat, Feb. 11, 2017: Trump promises to bring down estimated cost of border wall

President Donald Trump pushed back early on Saturday on assertions that the wall he wants built on the U.S. border with Mexico would cost more than anticipated and said he would reduce the price.

Trump made his comments in two Twitter posts but did not say how he would bring down the cost of the wall. Continue reading “Sat, Feb. 11, 2017: Trump promises to bring down estimated cost of border wall”

Melania Trump visits Japanese garden with Akie Abe

First Lady Melania Trump is committed to continuing the White House garden tradition, showcasing her interest in a Saturday morning visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“The First Lady has a deep personal commitment to her role as caretaker and nurturer, beginning with her family. She believes there is a connection between a child’s mind and places of calm and beauty to be used as a tool for us all. As a mother and as the First Lady of this country, Mrs. Trump is committed to the preservation and continuation of the White House Gardens, specifically the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady, said in a statement to CNN.

Melania Trump and Akie Abe are touring the Delray Beach museum and its six Japanese-inspired gardens, while President Donald Trump and the Japanese prime minister are slated to play golf at Trump’s club in Jupiter. Continue reading “Melania Trump visits Japanese garden with Akie Abe”

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017: Trump, Abe continue meeting, go golfing at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hit the links on Saturday, as the two leaders looked to forge a bond over a round of golf diplomacy.

Trump and Abe played under mostly clear skies at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. The White House did not immediately say whether anyone else joined them and reporters were not allowed on the course to watch the pair. Continue reading “Sat, Feb. 11, 2017: Trump, Abe continue meeting, go golfing at Mar-a-Lago”