LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Former President Donald Trump told Breitbart News exclusively that he plans to attend the funeral of slain former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is in contact with Abe’s family at this time. topic.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Trump said when asked if he would attend Abe’s funeral. “We talk to their family. We love family. His wife is a phenomenal woman. He is so beloved in Japan that I can imagine it will be an incredible celebration of life. He was just very special. Every aspect of this man was just very special. You know that’s the first person I saw? Do you remember he came earlier? He came just after the elections — he was the first person I saw. But we had a special relationship. We’ll see that, we’re talking about it right now.
Trump’s comments came during an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview after an event he hosted with GOP candidates for the US Senate and for governor here in Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Sheriff of Clark Joe Lombardo County. Trump spoke for nearly an hour in a crowded ballroom at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Friday night after Laxalt, Lombardo, and several local and state law enforcement officials staged a panel focused on law and order.
Trump and Abe were closest friends during Trump’s time in the White House and Abe’s time as prime minister. Perhaps there was no other world leader with whom Trump was so close, as the two shared dozens of phone calls, several visits to each other’s countries and even played golf several times. together. Abe was, as Trump said, one of the first foreign leaders to acknowledge victory after shocking the world in 2016 and defeating former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – a milestone for Trump when he took the White House in early 2017.
“He was a great man,” Trump told Breitbart News of Abe. “He was a great leader. He loved his country and he loved our country. We did amazing business together. We made a new deal with Japan. Japan had a unilateral deal and he brought back some fairness because we only had a terrible group of trade agreements with Japan. We renegotiated it. But he was a real friend of mine. He was truly a distinguished and incredible person. What a disaster for this world. “He was a real world leader and everyone respected him. We were going to the G7 and everyone respected Shinzo. That this could happen is just horrible.
The loss of Abe definitely leaves a hole in the Indo-Pacific, an important geopolitical theater in which the United States competes with China as an increasingly powerful Chinese Communist Party continues to take regional control. . A key part of America’s strategy under Trump to counter China’s rise was a strong Japan — and a strong U.S.-Japan relationship — and Trump told Breitbart News he’s not worried about Japan becoming weak because it said its current leaders have come to power. with Abe’s backing.
“We now have very good leaders in Japan who were really put in place to some degree by Shinzo,” Trump said. “You know, Shinzo gave your leaders the blessing right now. But losing him is very hard to make up for. He was really unique.
During his remarks at the top of his speech, Trump also called for a “high price” to be paid by the shooter who killed Abe.
“Before I begin, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of a great, great man, Shinzo Abe,” Trump said. “He was an incredible leader. I knew him well, a fierce negotiator…. He was a man of immense moral courage and he was a fantastic person. Prime Minister Abe was a friend of mine, an ally and a incredible patriot. He was a tireless champion for peace and freedom and the invaluable bond between the United States and Japan, and his assassination is not only a grave atrocity, it is a devastating loss for the entire world He will be sorely missed. And this being a talk about law and order, I hope the man who committed this crime will pay a high price for the greatness he has achieved on our planet.
More on Trump’s latest exclusive interview with Breitbart News here in Las Vegas is coming soon.