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Why Japan’s first lady was probably not snubbing President Trump

By Amy B Wang and David Nakamura Source: washingtonpost.com

President Trump's exclusive interview with the New York Times on Wednesday touched on plenty of weighty topics, including the Republicans' unsuccessful attempts to pass a health-care bill and what would constitute a “red line” in the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

 

But one excerpt in particular set afire a corner of the Internet. In it, Trump describes a dinner for Group of 20 leaders that took place in Germany earlier this month and mentions that he had been seated next to Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

 

There had been a language barrier, Trump told Times reporter Maggie Haberman:

TRUMP: So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe, who I think is a terrific guy, and she’s a terrific woman but doesn’t speak English.

HABERMAN: Like, nothing, right? Like zero?

TRUMP: Like, not “hello.”

HABERMAN: That must make for an awkward seating.

TRUMP: Well, it’s hard, because you know, you’re sitting there for—

HABERMAN: Hours.

TRUMP: So the dinner was probably an hour and 45 minutes.

 

It wasn't long before people cried foul. Motoko Rich, the Times's Tokyo bureau chief, described it as “a false note.” Early Thursday, a YouTube video was unearthed that showed Akie Abe giving a 15-minute keynote address — in English — at a 2014 symposium on coastal resilience in New York. Before long, the video was circulating on social media, often juxtaposed with Trump's comments about her language ability.



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