Trump first U.S. president to watch sumo in sport's homeland

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Trump first U.S. president to watch sumo in sport's homeland

U.S. President Donald Trump has become the first U.S. president to watch sumo wrestling in its homeland, Japan.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday (May 26) presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, turning to personal diplomacy for the second day of a Japan visit shadowed by tough trade talk.

Trump is unhappy with Japan's large trade surplus and is considering putting high tariffs on its auto exports if a bilateral trade agreement is not reached.

The United States and China are also engaged in an expensive trade war that has pounded financial markets worldwide.

But it was all smiles on Sunday as the two leaders watched giant sumo wrestlers grapple on the final day of a 15-day tournament won by rising Japanese star Asanoyama.

Trump, the first U.S. president to watch sumo in the sport's homeland, waved to the audience as he entered the hallowed Kokugikan and then saluted them with applause as they waved and raised their phones to take photos.

Arriving just in time for Asanoyama's bout, Trump nodded as Abe gestured in explanation, later watching as the three final wrestlers, wearing only traditional loincloths, lifted their legs high and stamped them to the ground in a ritual entrance.

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