Trump boasts about US military might in affront to North Korea as he greets the troops at Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo
- President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed in Japan on Sunday morning local time
- First couple arrived at Yokota Air Base just outside of Tokyo and President Trump promptly spoke to the troops
- In a speech at the base, he warned America’s enemies the U.S. ‘will never yield’
- ‘No one – no dictator, no regime and no nation – should underestimate, ever, American resolve,’ he said, nudging North Korea
- President and Japanese prime minister will enjoy lunch and catch up over a round of golf today
Trump set foot in the Yokota Airbase, which is located on the fringe of Tokyo, and was met by a flurry of cheers from military service members. It was a moment he likely won’t forget from his first trip to Japan. Trump was wearing a bomber jacket during a speech where he praised American firepower and talked about the beautiful alliance with Japan – something extremely important in a time where tensions are high with North Korea.
“Japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the United States, and today we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations,” he said, speaking in front of an American flag inside an airplane hangar.
Trump was expected to spend much of his 12-day, five-country Asian tour exhorting allies and rivals to step up efforts to counter the dangers posed by North Korea, which continues to move forward with its nuclear weapons program.
Trump’s message to the Yakota AFB airmen was important, earnest, and well received by the soldiers and military altogether. Then Trump unveiled a message that was written inside the bomber jacket he was wearing.
A message inside the jacket read “Presented by the women and men of the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base”
To know that our military from thought to present him with a special, personalized gift shows nothing but the respect and honor they have for him. They could have handed him a generic jacket with no message, but they took the time out of their day to present to him a jacket with a customized message which shows they appreciate his appearance and support. Furthermore, Japan is a good friend of America’s and nothing is more valuable than having great allies in the country.
According to Reuters, new Japanese defense spending would fund upgrades to Japan’s ballistic missile defense system, six F-35 fighters, four V-22 Osprey tilt rotor troop carriers and new naval vessels.
Trump said in a September tweet, that he would be ‘allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.’ He did not say what equipment the U.S. intends to sell either country, however.
U.S. Air Force troops stationed at Yokota that work hand-in-hand with soldiers in Japan’s Air Self Defense Force made up the bulk of Trump’s audience on Sunday that included American troops from all branches of the military.
Trump & Abe signing white ball caps that read, “Donald and Shinzo Make Alliance Even Greater” pic.twitter.com/VTVOxut97p
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With formal meetings on the books tomorrow with the Japanese government, Trump has casual plans to golf this afternoon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The first lady is joining Mrs. Abe for tea and an afternoon of cultural activities.
Trump and Abe’s low-key Sunday precedes a day of rushed talks on Monday that will cover trade negotiations and North Korea’s unruliness. Trump will meet that afternoon with families of Japanese nationals whose loved ones were kidnapped by the North Korean government.
The U.S. president’s day also includes a state call with Japanese Emperor Akihito.
Tokyo is Trump’s first overseas stop on a 12-day race around the region. The U.S. president left Washington on Friday for Honolulu, Hawaii, which he used as a stopover on his way to Japan.
Trump will travel to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines before he heads back to the U.S.
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