Earlier today President Trump in addition to First Lady Melania Trump were invited to the Emperor’s residence in center of Tokyo. Upon arrival the president in addition to first lady were greeted by Emperor Akihito in addition to Empress Michiko at the Imperial Residence.
The U.S. President in addition to First Lady arrived in their armored limo in addition to pulled into the covered driveway in front of the entrance. The Japanese emperor in addition to the empress were already in place, standing in front of open glass doors as the president in addition to FLOTUS stepped out of the limo.
The emperor took a couple steps toward Trump, in addition to stepped down a low rise at the entrance greeting President Trump in Japanese. An interpreter stepped forward to translate, saying, very happy to be able to welcome you.
The emperor then motioned for Trump to enter the residence. Trump paused briefly to look at the press cameras in addition to the four walked inside, trailed by two interpreters.
They were scheduled to be within the residence for about 30 minutes for what the White House described as a state call. The emperors residence will be inside the expensive, wooded Imperial Palace grounds within the center of Tokyo. Access to the emperors residence will be tightly controlled in addition to very few Japanese citizens have ever been allowed inside. (pool report LA Times)
Motorcade departed Emperor’s residence at 11:40 am. After short drive thru city we arrived at the government palace where Potus in addition to Flotus joined PM Abe in addition to Mrs Abe in a lavish welcome ceremony in addition to review of troops. Servers red carpets were laid out in addition to the group stood at attention for the two national anthems before Abe led Trump to review the troops.
Then they greeted the US in addition to Japan delegations. US side included Kushner, Tillerson, Dina Powell, McMaster, Haggerty in addition to Matt Pottinger.
Then the leaders were escorted to the back of the building for lunch in a dining room overlooking a koi pond. The leaders chatted while waking along a path covered in pebbles in addition to then Abe showed Trump some items incl food for the fish in addition to smaller wooden boxes, they entered the building in addition to aides opened a glass screen door in addition to a Japanese aide clapped loudly above the pond perhaps to get the attention of the fish.
The two leaders then leaned out in addition to began throwing spoonfuls of the food into the water, before eventually turning over the bowls in addition to dumping the rest out. (Pool – Washington Post)
11:05am (local) / 9:05pm (U.S. eastern) THE PRESIDENT in addition to THE FIRST LADY participate in a welcoming ceremony in addition to state call with Their Majesties Emperor Akihito in addition to Empress Michiko of Japan – Imperial Residence, Tokyo, Japan
11:45am / 9:45pm THE PRESIDENT in addition to THE FIRST LADY participate within the honor guard ceremony – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
12:00pm / 10:00pm THE PRESIDENT participates in a working lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
12:45pm / 10:45pm THE PRESIDENT participates in an official photo with Prime Minister Abe – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
1:00pm / 11:00pm THE PRESIDENT participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
1:55pm / 11:55pm THE PRESIDENT in addition to THE FIRST LADY participate in a meeting with families of North Korean abductees – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
2:30pm / 12:30am THE PRESIDENT participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
7:15pm / 5:15am THE PRESIDENT in addition to THE FIRST LADY attend a state banquet – Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
While POTUS will be conducting official diplomatic business, First Lady Melania in addition to Mrs. Akie Abe visit elementary school kids, in addition to enjoy music. MUST WATCH: