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Donald Trump Presents the ‘President’s Cup’ to Sumo Champ Asanoyama in Tokyo

Bettina Dizon
May 27, 2019
08:31 A.M.
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President Donald Trump awarded sumo wrestler champion, Asanoyama, a 60-pound trophy after an “incredible” evening watching the fight in Tokyo, Japan.


During his visit to the Land of the Rising Sun, President Donald Trump was given the honor to watch a sumo wrestling fight and award the winner. Despite sitting cross-armed with a straight face throughout the match, America’s president claimed to have an “incredible evening at sumo.

“We really enjoyed being there,” Trump said. “And I’ve always wanted to see sumo wrestling, so it was really great.”



Towards the end of the event, Trump read aloud the certificate of commemoration for the winner and awarded the sumo champion, Asanoyama, a “Trump Cup” trophy which weighed over 60 pounds, standing at 54 inches high.

The U.S. president was assisted by a wrestling official to carry the gigantic trophy and hand it to the Sumo Grand Champion. Among the other gifts of Asanoyama, 25, are the Emperor’s Cup and the Prime Minister’s Cup.


Following the event, Trump took to Twitter to share the night he had and express his gratitude being able “to present the first-ever U.S. President’s Cup” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo.

Trump is the first world leader to meet Emperor Naruhito, 59, since he held the title this month.


Among his other recent tweets are those related to domestic and foreign relations, especially with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe whom he bonded with over golf diplomacy during the day with Isao Aoki, a Japanese professional golfer.


Trump, his wife, Melania, and the Abes, had dinner in the Roppongi neighborhood, after which the president gave a glimpse of their discussion to the press.

“The prime minister and I talked a lot about trade, about military, and various other things,” he disclosed.


It was also reported that the two world leaders discussed the U.S. trade deficit with Japan and issues with North Korea and Iran during his four-day visit. One of the highlights of Trump’s visit was meeting the emperor and empress of the country.



Trump is the first world leader to meet Emperor Naruhito, 59, since he held the title this month. The meeting was held in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo after an outdoor welcome ceremony.

“It’s a very important thing, not only in Japan but all over the world they’re talking about it,” Trump said about the meeting.


Towards the end of April, Abe and his wife, Akie, visited the U.S. and was invited to dinner by the U.S. president and first lady at the White House, in celebration of her 49th birthday.

“We’re celebrating our First Lady’s birthday,” Trump told reporters. “It’s her birthday. So I said to Melania, ‘Would you like to have Mr. and Mrs. Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe join us for your birthday?’ And she said, ‘I can’t think of anybody I’d rather have.’”