President Joe Biden on Friday phoned Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida “to express his outrage, sadness, and deep condolences on the tragic and violent shooting death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” according to an official readout of the phone call.
“The President underscored that he and the American people stand with the Prime Minister and the people of Japan in their time of mourning,” the transcript states. “The President noted the importance of Prime Minister Abe’s enduring legacy with his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and the establishment of the QUAD meetings of Japan, the United States, Australia, and India.”
The transcript went onto say, “The President noted our unwavering confidence in the strength of Japan’s democracy and the two leaders discussed how Abe Shinzo’s legacy will live on as we continue the important task of defending peace and democracy.”
The White House also published a statement alongside Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which they expressed their sadness about the shooting.
“Abe was a transformative leader for Japan and for Japanese relations with each one of our countries. He also played a formative role in the founding of the Quad partnership and worked tirelessly to advance a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the statement read. “Our hearts are with the people of Japan, and Prime Minister Kishida in this moment of grief. We will honor Prime Minister Abe’s memory by redoubling our work towards a peaceful and prosperous region.”
Former President Donald Trump has since spoken to Breitbart News in regard to possibly attending Abe’s funeral and to express his sympathy. Breitbart reported that Trump said, “We’re going to see how it goes. We’re talking to their family … We’re going to see about that, we’re talking about that right now.”
“We love the family. His wife is a phenomenal woman,” the former president added. “[Abe] is so loved in Japan. I can imagine that is going to be an incredible celebration of life.”
Trump also made a statement on his social media platform Truth Social, saying that Shinzo’s death was “really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD!”
“His killer was captured and will hopefully be dealt with swiftly and harshly,” Trump added. “Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him.”
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