In the wake of the shocking announcement of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination in broad daylight during a campaign speech, one of the first high-profile people to speak out was former President Donald Trump, who considered Abe a close friend and ally during his time in the White House.
According to a Breitbart exclusive, during his recent “Save America” rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, Trump told the outlet backstage that he’s considering flying to Japan to attend Abe’s funeral.
When Trump was asked if he’d consider attending the funeral, he replied, “We’re going to see how it goes.”
The former president added: “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.”
Former President Donald Trump is in talks with the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s family about potentially attending his funeral in the wake of his assassination. https://t.co/MSB4Sm7ftD
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) July 9, 2022
Breitbart noted of the two’s relationship: “Perhaps there was no other world leader with whom Trump was as close, as the two shared dozens of phone calls, several visits to each other’s countries, and even played golf several times together.”
“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,” Trump told Breitbart.
According to the New York Post, Abe’s body will be laid to rest on Tuesday at a funeral attended by family and close friends, sources told the outlet. So far, Trump hasn’t announced whether he’ll officially attend.