Former President Donald Trump may have been portrayed as just the purveyor of mean tweets. However, he was always a class act when it came to world leaders.
Trump is considering attending the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Breitbart reported in an exclusive. The former Japanese Prime Minister was assassinated on Friday.
“We’re going to see how it goes,” Trump said in response to a question about whether he would attend the late when asked if he would attend Abe’s funeral. “We’re talking to their family. We love the family,” Trump said.
The former president went on to fondly recall their first meeting that happened shortly after Trump took office. “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.”
Trump held nothing back in his praise of Abe. “He was a great man,” Trump said. “He was a great leader. He loved his country and he loved our country. We did incredible deals together,” he added.
“We made a new deal with Japan,” Trump continued. “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,” Trump lamented. “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.”
Besides Trump’s grief over the loss of a friend, Abe’s assassination was a geopolitical blow. With Communist China on the march, the U.S. could use a man like Abe in the nation’s corner — and now his life and influence have been cut short.