Donald Trump’s description of being seated next to Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe at the G20 dinner is getting a lot of attention, but for all the wrong reasons.
Trump told reporters at the The New York Times that Mrs. Abe doesn’t speak a word of English, not even “hello.”
Author and columnist Jessica Valenti was one of the first to point out on Twitter that Mrs. Abe does indeed speak English.
Looks like the First Lady of Japan pretended not to speak English for nearly 2 hrs to avoid talking to Trump https://t.co/ee9LGHVlDo
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) July 20, 2017
A video of Abe delivering a keynote address in English at a 2014 Ford Foundation High-Level Symposium on Coastal Resilience immediately went viral. Unlike Trump, she speaks in clear sentences, with complete thoughts.
Talking to Times’ White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, Trump recounted his G20 dinner experience seated next to Mrs. Abe.
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——
Trump: So the dinner was probably an hour and 45 minutes.
But that might not be what exactly happened.
Of course, no one is entirely sure why she did it, but perhaps Japan’s First Lady was pretending not to speak English so she didn’t have to speak to Donald Trump. Maybe she was afraid that if she did strike up a conversation, he’d pop a Tic-Tac, go in for the kiss, and try to grab her omanko?
Whatever the reason, well played Akie Abe, well played.
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