Trump Hosting Japanese Prime Minister at Mar-a-Lago 'as a Gift'

PHOTO: President Trump is to meet with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.Getty Images
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up to members of the news media before boarding Marine One and departing the White House, Feb. 3, 2017, in Washington. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets media reporters following a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York City.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are set to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, first aboard Air Force One and then at the president's south Florida retreat.

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WHAT TO KNOW
  • On Friday, President Trump and the First Lady will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife aboard Air Force One. After Shinzo’s visit to the White House, their couple’s weekend will commence at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago in South Florida. The visit marks the first time the president has hosted a foreign leader at his resort while in office.
  • After ethical questions arise about how the Japanese leader’s visit will be funded, a White House spokesperson tells ABC News that PM Abe and hiw wife will stay at the exclusive golf resort " Lago as a personal gift."
  • Membership at Mar-A-Lago can cost up to $200,000.
  • The two world leaders plan to golf together, although the White House would not confirm whether or not President Trump would use the $3,800 golden golf club previously given to him by PM Abe back in November following his election victory.
  • According the White House, the Japanese Prime Minister’s staff will not stay at Mar-a-Lago, as that could involve possible ethical violations according to the constitutional Emoluments Clause, which states “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
  • A White House spokesperson says, "The USG is covering the costs of the delegation to stay off property, as is customary.”
  • Presidents have hosted world leaders at their homes or private residences in previous administrations, but they stayed as guests of the president.

The visit marks the first time the president has hosted a foreign leader at his resort while in office.

After ethical questions arose about how the Japanese leader’s visit will be funded, a White House spokesperson tells ABC News that Abe and his wife will stay at the exclusive golf resort "as a personal gift." Membership at Mar-a-Lago can cost up to $200,000.

Trump's connections to his business empire have raised questions about potential conflicts of interest as well as potential violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits benefiting from foreign leaders.

Trump has signed documents stepping down from leadership positions in his companies, and turned control over to his sons.

The two world leaders plan to golf together, although the White House would not confirm whether or not President Trump would use the $3,800 golf club previously given to him by Abe back in November following his election victory.

According the White House, the Japanese Prime Minister’s staff will not stay at Mar-a-Lago, as that would involve possible ethical violations.

"The [government] is covering the costs of the delegation to stay off property, as is customary," a White House spokesperson says.

Presidents have hosted world leaders at their homes or private residences in previous administrations, but they stayed as guests of the president.

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