Trump Reacts to Assassination of ‘True Friend’ Shinzo Abe
Current and former U.S. leaders reacted to the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including former President Donald Trump.
Abe, 67, was shot twice in the neck while delivering a speech in Nara, Japan, according to a report.
Before doctors had announced that Abe had succumbed to his gunshot wounds, Trump wrote a post on his Truth Social website, calling Abe “a truly great man and leader.”
“He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America,” Trump said. “This is a tremendous blow to the wonderful people of Japan, who loved and admired him so much. We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!”
Trump wrote another post after news of Abe’s death.
“Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD! Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dead. He was assassinated. His killer was captured and will hopefully be dealt with swiftly and harshly,” Trump said.
“Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kind. He was a unifier like no other, but above all, he was a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country, Japan. Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him!”
President Joe Biden said he was “stunned” and “outraged” by Abe’s assassination.
“The longest serving Japanese Prime Minister, his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will endure,” Biden said. “Above all, he cared deeply about the Japanese people and dedicated his life to their service. Even at the moment he was attacked, he was engaged in the work of democracy.”
“The United States stands with Japan in this moment of grief. I send my deepest condolences to his family,” he said.
Former President Barack Obama said he was “shocked and saddened by the assassination of my friend and longtime partner Shinzo Abe.”
“Former Prime Minister Abe was devoted to both the country he served and the extraordinary alliance between the United States and Japan,” Obama wrote on Twitter.
The suspected gunman, 41-year-old Testuya Yamagami, has been taken into police custody.