Trump Stays True To His Convictions, Even During Diplomatic Dinners

May 29, 2019
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Trump went to Japan to “strengthen our close friendship and the friendship between our two nations​,” he said.

“​The alliance between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone of stability and prosperity in the region and all around the world.​”​He was an honored guest and was treated as such. At the toast in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, he was served champagne to celebrate his arrival. But he was unable to fully partake.

Trump abstains from alcohol and tobacco. So he only put the glass to his mouth as he does not drink respecting his late brother’s wishes. As it turns out Donald Trump’s brother Fred had a problem with alcohol that led to his death in the eighties. Fred knew he had an addiction problem and repeatedly warned Trump of the dangers of alcohol. He told Donald to stay away from it. And the president has stayed away from alcohol and tobacco for all of his life.

Trump explaining why he abstains from alcohol. 

In fact, at all functions, Trump’s champagne or wine glasses are always filled with grape juice or diet coke instead.

Although Trump could not partake in the toast he still gave a great speech.

“Good evening your Majesties, Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe, distinguished guests. We are pro- profoundly honored to return to Japan as your nation’s first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty, the Emperor. Your majesty, the First Lady, and I will never forget this gracious invitation, and we thank the people of Japan for their incredible hospitality and warm welcome in this majestic land.

I carry with me the hopes of the American people for the treasured alliance between our countries, and we enter this next phase of our prospering relationship. Americans send their good wishes to the entire Japanese nation on your new Imperial era. Congratulations.”

This morning, Melania and I had the honor of meeting with their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress, right here at the Imperial Palace. Two years ago, when we were last in Japan, we also had the privilege of meeting their Majesties, the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita. We are deeply grateful to the imperial family for their continued friendship.

During this visit, we have also been delighted to spend more time with our very good friends, Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe. Over the past two years, we have developed a close and trusting partnership that we greatly cherish. The name of Japan’s new Imperial era is Reiwa, or Beautiful Harmony.

I have been told that it comes from a collection of ancient Japanese poetry, called the Manyoshu. Reiwa celebrates the unity and beauty of the Japanese nation. It also reminds us that, in times of change, we can take comfort in our inherited traditions. In the fifth book of the Manyoshu, where the term Reiwa originates, the writings of two poets offer important insights for this moment.

The first poet, Otomo no Tabito, writes of potential and possibilities of spring. The second poet, Yamanoue no Okura, a good friend of the first, reminds us of our solemn responsibilities to family and future generations. Both are beautiful lessons passed down from ancient wisdom.

So today we embrace the limitless potential now before us to cooperate on new frontiers of technology, space, infrastructure, defense, commerce, diplomacy and many other areas of shared promise.

We also remember that our alliance is a rich inheritance and a gift we must pass on to our children, just as the sons and daughters of Japan preserve the ancient poetry of the Manyoshu. Your majesty, in the spirit of beautiful harmony, may we celebrate the many possibilities of this new era. May we remember our duties to past and future generations, and may we protect the cherish bond between America and Japan for our children.

Thank you, and our very best wishes to you, the Imperial family and all of Japan for a peaceful and prosperous Reiwa era. Thank you very much. Thank you.”

You can watch his speech below. 

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