Former President Donald Trump was among the many world leaders who were stunned after the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and among the first to offer condolences.
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The 45th President of the United States addressed the assassination on his Truth Social platform on Friday.
“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. 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 Donald J. Trump,” he said.
BREAKING: President Trump has released the following statement on Shinzo Abe’s assassination pic.twitter.com/a1j6AySOgT
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On Friday night, backstage at his Save America rally in Las Vegas, Nevada he announced that he was considering attending the funeral in Japan in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“We’re going to see how it goes,” the former president said when asked if he would attend Abe’s funeral.
“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. Every aspect of that man was just very special. You know he was the first person I saw? Do you remember he came early? 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.
Other leaders responded to the tragedy, including President Joe Biden:
“I am stunned, outraged, and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed while campaigning. This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him. I had the privilege to work closely with Prime Minister Abe. As Vice President, I visited him in Tokyo and welcomed him to Washington. He was a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people. The longest serving Japanese Prime Minister, his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific will endure. 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. While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities that are affected by it. The United States stands with Japan in this moment of grief. I send my deepest condolences to his family,” he said.
Former Vice President Mike Pence offered his condolences and memories as well, Conservative Brief reported.
“@KarenPence and I were deeply troubled to learn of the shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe-san was a remarkable leader of Japan and an unshakeable ally of the U.S. We join millions praying for this truly good man and his family. God bless Shinzo Abe,” he said.
“During my recent visit to Japan, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Abe again and discuss many issues. He was witty and insightful as always. Little did I know that this would be our last meeting. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the Japanese people,” Pence said.
Then, former President Trump made more news during the rally when he called for the death penalty for drug dealers in the United States, Conservative Brief continued.
“So this is a little controversial. And I will either get a standing ovation – and I don’t care about the ovation, I care about the country – or people are going to walk out of the room for what I’m about to say. But it’s time finally to say it. If you look at countries all throughout the world…The only ones that don’t have a drug problem are those that institute the death penalty for drug dealers. They’re the only ones, they don’t have any problem,” Trump said.
“Those who kill police officers as well as those who kill through human trafficking,” he said should also get the death penalty.
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“So we can be streetwise tough and smart and end our problem or we can be politically correct, weak and frankly, extremely stupid,” he said. “Which is probably the way we will continue to be and lose millions and millions more people to a scourge the likes of which our country and most other countries have never seen before.”
“So do something about it. It’s The only way you’re going to win the only way you’re going to win all right,” the former president declared.
President Trump just called for the death penalty for “those who kill through human trafficking.” 🔥👀 pic.twitter.com/ylGpYKLrpL
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