Former President Donald Trump has once again proven that he has more class in his little finger than most of the folks in the Democratic Party combined, as he delivered a public comment on the assassination of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday morning, referring to him as a dear friend.
According to Breitbart, the former president expressed his shock about the shooting which went on to later claim the life of Abe.
“Absolutely devastating news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a truly great man and leader, has been shot, and is in very serious condition,” Trump went on to say in a statement.
Trump then said, “He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America. 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 met with Abe several times when both of them were in office, which helped to keep the alliance between the two countries in excellent standing as China started to display more and more aggressive activity.
The former president had lots of high praise for Abe saying he was “the greatest prime minister in Japanese history,” a comment that was made while the two leaders were talking with one another on the phone, just days after Abe announced he would be stepping down as the premiere due to health reasons.
Breitbart’s report then said, “The two men spoke at length, and Trump told Abe he had done a ‘fantastic job’ and that the relationship between their two countries was stronger than it has ever been, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement as reported by Reuters.”
“The President called Prime Minister Abe the greatest prime minister in Japan’s history,” Deere recalled.
However, it’s important to note the friendship between the two men actually predates their time in office. The Center for Strategic & International Studies reported back in 2020 how the two men regarded each as the closest of both political and personal confidants.
Hannah Fodale, Associate Fellow, Japan Chair, went on to write a bit about how their close relationship led to better, stronger decision making.
“Compared to other world leaders, Abe been able to use his personal relationship with Trump to advocate for Japanese interests on various issues such as North Korea and trade, though some question the extent to which the two leaders are aligned on these and other strategic challenges in the Indo-Pacific region,” she said.
“No foreign leader has closer ties with President Donald Trump than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Since the 2016 presidential election, the two leaders have met 20 times, played 5 rounds of golf, and had 32 phone calls, at times speaking twice a week. Abe’s efforts to develop a close relationship with Trump have advanced Japanese interests in four fundamental ways,” Fodale continued.
Fodale’s written piece then discussed how friendship and diplomacy can produce dividends for individuals and their countries on both sides, saying, “No leader of an industrialized nation has worked harder to appeal personally to and accommodate the policies of President Trump than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.”
“The end result has been stability: Tokyo has been able to avert coming under attack from the White House, and economic as well as security relations between the two countries has been maintained despite the unpredictable policies of the Trump administration,” she added.
The pair were also good golf buddies, playing a few rounds of the game whenever time allowed for it.
Trump is displaying here what it looks like to exhibit class and respect for a political ally and friend. First off, he shows how you make friendships like that. Then, his example teaches us how to keep those relationships healthy.
Prayers go out to the family of Abe who lost a loved one today.
This story syndicated with permission from michael, Author at Trending Politics
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