While some of the media high-lighted President Trump’s possible secret meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit on July 7th, 2017, a diplomatic incident of a different kind was emerging. In a recent interview with the New York Times, President Donald Trump implicated that Ake Abe the Japanese Prime Minster’s Shinzō Abe wife “chose to hide behind the language barrier,” to avoid speaking to him(President Trump). President Trump told the Times that he “was seated next to the Argentine and Japanese first ladies at the Group of 20 summit dinner in Hamburg, Germany,” on the night of the 7th of July 2017.
In a transcript provided to NHK World Newsline on Fri, on July 21st Trump said this of the wife of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a “terrific woman, but doesn’t speak English.” The Times reporter Maggie Haberman then asked President Trump “Like, nothing, right? Like zero?,” President Trump then responded “Like, not ‘hello’,” and described the situation, “So I’m sitting there. There was one interpreter for Japanese, ’cause otherwise, it would have been even tougher. But I enjoyed the evening with her, and she’s really a lovely woman, and I enjoyed — the whole thing was good.”
One problem though; Ake Abe does speak English; there is a YouTube video of Akie Abe delivering a 15-minute keynote address in English at a 2014 Ford Foundation symposium in New York two years ago. Newsroom Tokyo program also cited multiple reports “that Abe’s wife may have pretended she could not to speak Engish to avoid talking with Trump.” Japanese Foreign Ministry officials responded to the incident saying “Many Japanese officials and business leaders who speak fluent English often choose to speak in Japanese and use interpreters at public events in order to avoid misunderstanding. Officials, however, could not confirm “if the Japanese first lady has such a policy.”
Some of you make ask what does Russia have to do with this story, NHK World Newsline reported that President Trump cited the “lack of conversation,” is the reason why he went to join his wife First Lady Melania Trump who was seated next to none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Editors Note: So it appears the only reason President Trump was close to Putin was because his wife (Melania Trump) was seated next to him (Putin) which in this reporters opinion is not the story; the story should be why Ake Abe decided not to speak to the president during dinner which some people may say “caused a diplomatic incident,” or was “rude.”
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