March 23, 2020 / 12:15 PM / 5 months ago

Trump says he expects Japan's Abe to make 'proper decision' on Olympics

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States would “be guided” by Japan’s decision over whether to hold the Tokyo 2020 Olympics amid the global coronavirus outbreak as Canada, Australia quit the Summer Games.

“We will be guided by the wishes of Prime Minister Abe of Japan, a great friend of the United States and a man who has done a magnificent job on the Olympic Venue, as to attending the Olympic Games in Japan. He will make the proper decision!” Trump tweeted.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Toby Chopra

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