The world was shocked last week when former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was gunned down as he delivered a speech on Friday morning.
Abe was known for his solid relationship with former President Donald Trump, who recently said that he may attend the fallen leader’s funeral.
Trump says Abe “loved his country and he loved our country”
“We’re going to see how it goes,” the former president told Breitbart News when asked in an interview about going to a memorial service for Abe.
“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,” Trump recalled.
“Every aspect of that man was just very special. You know he was the first person I saw? Do you remember he came early?” Trump asked.
“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.
Trump went on to characterize Abe as “a great man” who “was a great leader” that “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 insisted.
“But he was a real friend of mine. He really was a distinguished, incredible person. What a disaster that is for this world,” the former president went on to add.
Taiwan praised Abe as “a firm believer in democracy”
“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.”
Meanwhile, Fox News noted how Abe was a staunch opponent of Chinese expansionism and that his massing was mourned by the Taiwanese embassy in the United States.
“There has been no truer friend to Taiwan,” Fox News quoted the Taiwanese embassy as saying in a tweet. “Outspoken and a firm believer in democracy, Abe took Taiwan-Japan relations to new heights.”