Ex-President Donald Trump and Mike Pence were both reacting to Friday’s shooting death of Shinzo Abe, former Japanese Prime Minister.
“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 said on Truth Social.
“He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America. It is an immense blow for Japan’s wonderful citizens, who loved him deeply and were his idols. We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!”
Donald Trump reacts to Shinzo Abe’s shooting at Truth Social right now pic.twitter.com/EW6PZqR25g
— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) July 8, 2022
Trump and Abe seemed to get along well in their respective roles as president and prime minister. Trump visited Japan officially in 2019 and Abe visited America to meet him in February 2017.
Shinzo Abe met with Donald Trump for the first time after his 2016 election. A fierce anticommunist, Shinzo was a strong defender national sovereignty and was a good friend. 🙏🙏🙏
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 8, 2022
“@KarenPence We were both deeply disturbed to hear about the murder of Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister. Abe-san was a strong leader for Japan, and a loyal ally to the U.S. Millions of people are praying for him and his family. God bless Shinzo Abe,” Pence tweeted.
.@KarenPenceMy wife and I were shocked to read about the killing of Shinzo Abe, ex-Prime Minister of Japan. Abe-san, a great leader in Japan and an unshakeable ally for the U.S., was our collective prayer. God bless Shinzo Abe pic.twitter.com/ojTYkOZxe8
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) July 8, 2022
The reactions of these people are only a part of the many well wishes that have been sent to the prime minister. He is in critical condition according to Prime Minister Fumiokishida. Fumio had flown back to Tokyo after a speech for campaign and addressed the media about the shooting. The Prime Minister said that doctors are “doing everything they can” to save him.