Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Dines With Trump, Japanese Prime Minister at Mar-a-Lago

Clockwise from left: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump, Abe’s wife Akie Abe sit down for dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday. –Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images

First lady Melania Trump and Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie Abe, were also at the dinner.

Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, is joining President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives for dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Trump began the dinner at Mar-a-Lago’s crowded patio restaurant by talking up Kraft and joking that the assembled U.S. and Japanese press had heard Kraft was there.

Trump said Kraft ‘‘knew he was going to win the game, even when he was down 28-3.’’

The president also quipped about all the interpreters who had pulled up chairs to their not-so-large table.

‘‘We need more interpreters,’’ he joked. ‘‘They don’t play games.’’

SOURCE: The Associated Press