President Trump posted a tweet that likely surprised his Japanese hosts before they courted him Sunday with cheeseburgers, sumo-wrestling, and golf: "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump tweeted Saturday, referring to short-range weapons that are often aimed at Japan and could reach the island nation, per the New York Times. "I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me." That contradicted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has called the launches "a breach of UN Security Council resolutions and extremely regrettable," and appeared to undercut John Bolton, who had echoed Abe's remark and said Abe and Trump will discuss the issue on Monday. For more:
- A signal? Trump's tweet also mentioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and their occasional denuclearization talks: "I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse," he wrote. "Perhaps that's sending me a signal?"