Former President Donald Trump was among the many international leaders shocked by the killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and he was among the first to express his condolences.
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,” he said.
BREAKING: President Trump has released the following statement on Shinzo Abe’s assassination pic.twitter.com/a1j6AySOgT
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 8, 2022
Friday night, backstage at his Save America rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, he told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he was considering attending the burial in Japan.
“We’re going to see how it goes,” the former president said when asked if he would attend Abe’s funeral.
“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,” he said.
Other officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, responded to the tragedy:
“I am stunned, outraged, and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed while campaigning. This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him. I had the privilege to work closely with Prime Minister Abe. As Vice President, I visited him in Tokyo and welcomed him to Washington. He was a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people. The longest serving Japanese Prime Minister, his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will endure. Above all, he cared deeply about the Japanese people and dedicated his life to their service. Even at the moment he was attacked, he was engaged in the work of democracy. While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it. The United States stands with Japan in this moment of grief. I send my deepest condolences to his family,” he said.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Former Vice President Mike Pence offered his condolences and memories as well, Conservative Brief reported.
“@KarenPence and I were deeply troubled to learn of the shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe-san was a remarkable leader of Japan and an unshakeable ally of the U.S. We join millions praying for this truly good man and his family. God bless Shinzo Abe,” he said.
“During my recent visit to Japan, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Abe again and discuss many issues. He was witty and insightful as always. Little did I know that this would be our last meeting. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the Japanese people,” Pence said. CONTINUE READING…