This week, it was revealed that Japan’s prime minister had been slain, which stunned the international community.
Friday, the 45th President of the United States spoke about the killing on his Truth Social platform.
“Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD! Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dead. He was assassinated. His killer was captured and will hopefully be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kind. He was a unifier like no other, but above all, he was a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country, Japan. Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him! —President Donald J. Trump,”
Breitbart reported that Trump made more remarks during an exclusive interview backstage following an event he sponsored with the Republican nominees for U.S. Senate and governor in Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Trump spoke for about an hour to a full ballroom at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday night, following a law-and-order-focused discussion organized by Laxalt, Lombardo, and many local and national law enforcement officials.
During Trump’s tenure in the White House and Abe’s time as Prime Minister, Trump and Abe were the closest of friends, Breitbart continued.
There may have been no other international leader with whom Trump was as close, as the two exchanged dozens of phone conversations, made several trips to each other’s countries, and even played golf together on multiple occasions.
Abe was, according to Trump, one of the first foreign leaders to accept his victory after he stunned the world in 2016 by defeating former Secretary of State Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton – a critical step for Trump when he became the presidency in early 2017.
Trump stated of Abe, “He was a great man,” to Breitbart News. “He was a great leader. He loved his country and he loved our country. We did incredible deals together. We made a new deal with Japan. Japan had a one-sided deal and he brought back some fairness because we had just a terrible group of trade deals with Japan. We renegotiated it. But he was a real friend of mine. He really was a distinguished, incredible person. What a disaster that is for this world. He was a true world leader and everybody respected him. We’d go to the G7 and everybody respected Shinzo. That this can happen is just horrible.”
Breitbart believes that the departure of Abe creates a void in the Indo-Pacific, a key geopolitical theater in which the United States competes with China as the Chinese Communist Party continues to establish regional influence.
A crucial component of the Trump administration’s strategy to confront a rising China was a strong Japan and a strong U.S.-Japan alliance, and Trump told Breitbart News that he is not concerned that Japan would become weak since its present leaders came to office with Abe’s backing.
“We have some very good leaders now in Japan who really were put in place to a certain extent by Shinzo,” Trump said. “You know, Shinzo gave the blessing to your leaders right now. But to lose him is very hard to ever make up. He was really unique.”
During the opening lines of his address, Trump demanded that the assassin who killed Abe pay a “steep price,” Breitbart continues.
Trump stated, “Before we begin, I’d like to profess my profound condolences to the family of a great, great man—Shinzo Abe. He was an amazing leader. I knew him well—tough negotiator…. This was a man of tremendous moral courage and was a fantastic person. Prime Minister Abe was a friend of mine, an ally, and an incredible patriot. He was a tireless champion for peace and for freedom and for the priceless bond between the United States and Japan, and his assassination is not only a grievous atrocity, it is a devastating loss for the entire world. We will miss him greatly. And this being a speech about law and order, I hope the man who committed this crime will pay a steep price for the greatness he has taken from our planet.”
Breitbart News asked the former president if he plans to attend Abe’s burial, and Trump replied that he is in contact with Abe’s family over the topic.
Trump responded, “We’re going to see how it goes,” when asked if he will attend Abe’s burial. “We’re talking to their family. We love the family. His wife is a phenomenal woman. He is so loved in Japan I can imagine that is going to be an incredible celebration of life. He was just very special. Every aspect of that man was just very special. You know he was the first person I saw? Do you remember he came early? He came right after the election—he was the first person I saw. But we had a special relationship. We’re going to see about that, we’re talking about that right now.”