Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not waste any time after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Abe plans to meet President-elect Trump in New York next week, less than 10 days after the U.S. election.
Why such a rush?
One possible reason is to cover his faux pas: when Abe visited New York in September to attend the United Nations General Assembly, he took time to have one-on-one meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but he did not meet then Republican presidential candidate Trump. Many saw the meeting as an unsubtle sign of who Abe thought would win the election. Given this, maybe Abe (and/or his advisers) felt that being one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump was not enough; Abe would need to see him in person, before any other world leader does, to make up for it.
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