Trump plays golf with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe during 4-day state visit

The president is in Japan to discuss trade deals and strengthen military ties with the U.S.'s East Asian ally.
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We switch to politics now. President trump in Japan on a visit to address security, diplomacy and trade, downplaying a North Korea missile test and making an appearance at a sumo wrestling match. ABC's white house correspondent Tara Palmeri is with the president in Tokyo. Tara, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. It's been quite the weekend. President trump didn't just get to watch his first sumo wrestling match. He sat ringside and was the first American president to present a trophy to the champion. As sumo grand champion, I hereby award you the united States president's cup. Reporter: Overnight president trump in Japan presenting this colossal 70-pound trophy to the sumo wrestling champion. It's a great ancient sport and I've always wanted to see sumo wrestling. Reporter: Outside the stadium a mix of supporters and protestors. This weekend Japanese president shin ze Abe charming trump with golf, lavish dinners and a meeting with the emperor in the hopes of striking a more fave rabble trade deal. Shortly after taking this selfie on the golf course, trump announcing that they've made progress on the trade deal but they won't announce it until after the Japanese election in July. The prime minister and I talked a lot today about trade and military and various other things. I think we had a very productive day. Reporter: While in the region trump sending a message to north Korea by brushing off their latest rocket launches, tweeting, North Korea fired off some small weapons which disturbed some of my people and others but not me. I have confidence that chairman Kim will keep his promise to me. In that tweet, president trump boasts about his relationship with Kim Jong-un as a way to take a jab at his political rival, Joe Biden. He tweets that Kim Jong-un called Biden a low iq individual. Aides to Biden said the tweet is erratic and unhinged. DNA? Tara, thank you. I want to pick up on this tweet. So let's bring in our chief foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz who's in D.C. Where she's going to be hosting "This week" later this morning. Martha, good morning. So put this trump tweet in context for us. Here we have the president of the United States appearing to side with a murderous dictator who by the way has a nuclear program that could endanger our people over a former vice president of the United States who happens to be campaigning against him. So am I seeing this correctly? What's going on here? I think you are seeing that correctly. And whether president trump wants to just confuse north Korea by going against John Bolton who is the one who said these missiles were very dangerous -- and by the way, those small weapons can travel about 300 miles that he tested and probably do violate U.N. Sanctions, U.N. Regulations. So I don't know whether he's trying to confuse someone, but I think the bottom line, Dan, is that he wants a deal with north Korea. We are about two weeks away from the anniversary of the Singapore summit where he said that north Korea no longer posed a danger with its nuclear weapons, and there has been zero significant progress in denuclearizing north Korea. Let me switch gears here. Back here at home you spent some time out on the campaign trail with the up and coming, much discussed democratic presidential candidate mayor, small town Indiana mayor Pete buttigieg and you asked him about the possibility that the president may pardon American servicemen who have been convicted of war crimes. Let's listen to that. He said we teach them to fight and they get treated unfairly and he is going to look at those cases to see if perhaps they can be pardoned. For a president, especially a president who never served, to say he's going to come in and overrule that system of justice undermines the very foundations, legal and moral, of this country. When you serve, you are agreeing to serve the constitution and to uphold the law, and frankly, his idea that being sent to fight makes you automatically into some kind of war criminal is a slander against veterans that could only come from somebody who never served. Again, the president is considering pardoning American servicemen who have been convicted of war crimes. Are these pardons likely to happen and is Pete buttigieg's opinion shared among your many, many military sources? Dan, politics aside, the military members who I have spoken to, active duty and retired, are pretty appalled by the president's comments, and again, they say it's absent evidence of innocence or injustice, the wholesale pardon of U.S. Service members accused of war crimes signals our troops and allies that we don't take armed conflict seriously. It's a bad message and a bad president. That is the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, martin Dempsey. I think he tries to stay out of politics but this one really galled him. Martha, thank you very much. Martha is going to have much more of her interview with mayor Pete buttigieg on "This week" later this morning. Plus, on the show she's going to go one-on-one with the house Republican conference chair Liz Cheney. That's coming up on "This week" later this morning right here on ABC. Thanks again to Martha Raddatz.

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