View photo US President Barack Obama watches Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak prepare to putt as they play golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm) US President Barack Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, tends to golf with buddies and aides, but on Wednesday mixed things up, hitting the links with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. “The president and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia enjoyed golf together today,” a White House official said. “The two leaders took the opportunity to discuss the growing and warming relationship between the United States and Malaysia.” In addition, Obama is looking forward to working with the prime minister in 2015 when Malaysia chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the official said. Obama, who usually plays at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay when in Hawaii, made the first visit by a sitting US president to Malaysia in decades last year. Politics & Government
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Although Obama plays golf nearly every day while on vacation, he typically restricts his foursome to a small circle of longtime friends and advisers. But in recent years, his annual trip to Hawaii has allowed Obama to mix in a little diplomacy. Last year, he hit the links with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who owns a home in Hawaii. Media access to Obama’s golf games is typically restricted, but reporters and photographers were permitted to briefly watch the two leaders Wednesday about halfway through their game. Neither leader was having particularly good luck with their short game.
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