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Japan gives Trump colorful map to help him understand its investment in US
The Japanese prime minister has appeared to reveal a deep insight into Donald Trump's thinking – when he gave him a colorful chart as a simple visual representation of Japanese investment in the US.
It depicted a map of America, with arrows
The headline “Japan has five additional investments in just one month” was a big red letter with the words “five” and “just one month” both underlined and in capital letters – possibly designed to mirror Mr Trump's liberal use of capital letters in his tweets.
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The US president is known to be reading complex documents and has been described as having a short attention span.
After his meeting with Shinzo Abe at the G20 summit in Japan, Mr. Trump praised the investments the chart depicted.
"I am the fact that you're sending many automobile companies into Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania and North Carolina – a lot of our states," he said. said, adding, "They're building magnificent plants."
Mr. Abe is not the first foreign leader to use a simple chart to help Mr. Trump. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, last year reportedly used colorful cue cards to explain world trade policy to him.
Peter Baker, a New York Times reporter, tweeted: "Like others around the world, the Japanese have figured out how to play to a visiting Trump."
Commenters pointed out how similar it left Created with Sketch.
One wrote: “Kudos to Japan, they figured out how to interact with a toddler. So sad! "
A source said in 2017 that the National Security Council officials made Mr Trump's name included as frequently as possible in intelligence briefings because he was more likely to pay attention if he saw himself.
"He likes to visualize things," a senior administration official said.