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    US President Donald Trump drinks during a state banquet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 27, 2019.

    When in Rome: Teetotaler Trump Gets Toasted With 'Champagne' in Japan

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    As he refrains from consuming alcohol, Donald Trump usually gets served beverages such as Diet Coke or grape juice instead of wine and champagne.

    US President Donald Trump was apparently in for quite an ordeal while attending a six-course state banquet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo when he was poured “a glass of what looked like champagne”, according to the Daily Mail.

    The catch? Donald Trump is a well-known teetotaler who has reportedly never touched alcohol in his life and who uses non-alcoholic beverages as a substitute for wine and champagne at other state banquets.

    This time, however, it looked like the president might’ve been served actual alcohol as he “politely lifted the glass to his lips, but grimaced and did not take a sip”, the newspaper notes.

    A number of social media users seemed to sympathise with the president, warning others not to mock him over this particular episode.

    Some were also quick to recall the story of Trump’s late brother struggling with a drinking problem and asking Donald to abstain from alcohol, thus prompting the latter do adopt his teetotal ways.

    ​And at least one person expressed hope that the UK won’t make a mistake of serving alcohol to Trump during his upcoming state visit to the UK.

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