U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is considering visiting Tokyo for the Summer Games in response to an invitation by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“We’ll make that determination. We haven’t made it yet. We might. We’re going to try if we can,” Trump told reporters when attending a meeting with officials involved in the Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles in 2028, according to Reuters.
Trump visited Japan twice last year — in May shortly after Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne and in June to attend a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Osaka.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24 through Aug. 9.
(From R) Japanese Emperor Naruhito, U.S. President Donald Trump, Empress Masako and first lady Melania Trump pose for photos at a Tokyo hotel on May 28, 2019.)[Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency]
The United States President told media he had been invited to attend by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
Trump was asked about his plans today during a trip to Los Angeles, where he signed an agreement promising Government support for the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics in the Californian city.
“We’ll make that determination, he said on his Tokyo plans.
“We haven’t made it yet.
“We’re going to try if we can.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run between July 24 and August 9.
If Trump does decide to travel, it will mean a break in his campaigning ahead of this year’s Presidential election.
The Republican is bidding for a second and final four-year term in office at the ballot in November.
According to Reuters, he is due to have a “limited schedule of foreign travel this year”.
Trump did not attend the one Olympics which has taken place during his first term, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
Vice-president Mike Pence attended instead, with the Games taking place amid strained rhetoric between Trump and North Korea over nuclear weapons.
The North agreed to compete but had threatened to withdraw after Pence had promised the “toughest and most aggressive” sanctions on the secretive state after his arrival in Asia.
Trump later claimed that Pyeongchang 2018 would have been a “total failure” without his work to get North Korea to compete.
His daughter Ivanka led the US delegation at the Closing Ceremony.