Former President Donald Trump was among the many world leaders who were stunned after the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and among the first to offer condolences.
But on Friday night he announced that he was considering attending the funeral in Japan in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“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.
“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 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.”
“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 his remarks at the top of his speech, Trump also called for a “steep price” to be paid by the gunman who killed him.