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Japanese PM Takes Nasty Fall While Golfing With Trump (Video)

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tumbled head over heels into a sand trap during his golf game with President Donald Trump.

When the embarrassing incident occurred at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Nov. 5, Trump didn't even seem to notice, the Daily Mail reports.

Film of the incident is blurry and not entirely conclusive, but there is seemingly a consensus that the falling man is indeed the prime minister.

Abe had just hit his ball out of the sand, and images show that he was walking up the side of the bunker when he fell backward and completely wiped out, as Golf Digest described it.

Judging from images taken from an overheard helicopter, it is apparent that Trump missed the whole thing.

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The president was already ahead of Abe on the course, chatting with Hideki Matsuyama, currently the No. 4 ranked pro golfer in the world, who joined the two world leaders on the links.

Trump's obliviousness to Abe's tumble was critiqued on social media.

"Abe was ignored when he fell over backwards," wrote one Twitter user. "He served Trump a lot of delicious food but in return all he got was being forced to promise to buy more weapons. Furthermore, Trump ignored all of Abe's tweets. Trump doesn't even follow Abe on Twitter. And you call this best friend LOL?"

Another user tweeted: "The truth of Abe-Trump golf diplomacy!" 

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It was also a source of embarrassment in the Japanese media.

The press generally declared the game as a "major failure," and the tabloid Nikkan Gendai wrote that Abe was often abandoned on the course by Trump, who preferred to golf with Matsuyama.

However, Abe's fall didn't appear to negatively affect his relationship with Trump, as they both tweeted cordially about the outing afterward.

"Playing golf with Prime Minister Abe and Hideki Matsuyama, two wonderful people!" Trump tweeted, accompanied by a photo of his own golf swing.

Abe also tweeted a photo, with the message: "Golf and great friends. Atmosphere invites stimulating conversation. A round of golf with a marvelous friend (President Donald J. Trump), full of spirited conversation."

The two did not keep score, according to a senior U.S. official, but Abe joked that the score was a matter of national security. 

Trump arrived in Japan on Nov. 4 as part of a 13-day diplomatic trip through Asia, notes CNN. 

Following Japan, his agenda includes South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

The 71-year-old Trump said the length of the trip would not be an issue for him. "It is grueling, they tell me. But fortunately, historically that has not been a problem for me," he said. "I'll let you know if I don't stay fresh. If I don't stay fresh, you'll be the first to tell me."

The last U.S. president to spend this long in Asia was George H.W. Bush, who infamously ended the trip by vomiting in the Japanese prime minister's lap.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, Golf Digest / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Daily MailShinzo Abe/Twitter via Daily Mail

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