Trump Completely Missed Abe Stumbling and Falling Into Golf Bunker

President Donald Trump said his visit to Japan, the first stop of his five-nation tour of Asia, and his friendship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "yielded many benefits," but there is at least one memorable moment he missed out on.

Trump was invited to play a round of golf Sunday with Abe and world no.4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, the course that will host the golfing events during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and that, until recently, prohibited women from playing on Sundays.

Playing golf with Prime Minister Abe and Hideki Matsuyama, two wonderful people!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017

Ahead of the trip to a country known for its strict etiquette, Trump's staffers were reportedly worried the president would say or do something embarrassing and offensive, but in the end it was Abe who made the news for a gaffe.

The camera crew of TV Tokyo flew a helicopter above the golf club to record the match between the two leaders and it captured the moment Abe failed to emerge from a bunker after swinging the ball.

The video shows Trump walking away with his back to the bunker, missing out on the moment Abe seemed to have successfully emerged from the bunker, only to lose his balance and flip backwards, landing on the sand. He quickly picked himself and his cap up again and reattempted the exit as one of his aides hurried toward him to offer help.


— 焼津のはん次🐣(元医療従事者) (@NoTYOolympic) November 6, 2017

Abe seemed uninjured and it remains unclear whether Trump was made aware of the incident, but it clearly caught the eye of Japanese social media users who offered their takes on the incident. "The truth about Abe Trump golf diplomacy" one Twitter user quipped. "Abenomics No. Abecomics Yes!!!" another one wrote on Youtube.

But while the world may be sharing a laugh at Abe's acrobatics, the result of the match remains a secret between the two leaders. "Yesterday's golf diplomacy between Donald and me attracted so much attention. We actually made everything public but the score," Abe said at a press conference Monday, as quoted by Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs.