Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday mourning the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
While giving a speech on a street in Nara in western Japan, 41-year-old Tetsuya Yanagami shot and killed Abe with what appeared to be a homemade gun. Yamagami was immediately tackled by security at the scene.
Trump issued a statement via Truth Social in which he gloried the late arch-conservative of Japanese politics.
“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,” Trump wrote.
Abe was taken from the scene of the shooting unconscious and in cardiac arrest with no vital signs, Japanese media outlets Kyodo News and NHK reported.
“Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kind,” Trump lamented. “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!”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the attack “dastardly and barbaric” and that the crime during the election campaign, which is the foundation of democracy, is absolutely unforgivable.
Moments before the assassination, Abe was speaking in a street campaigning for the people just 3 days before the next election. Images of the gunman show what appears to look like a homemade gun that fired 2 bullets, one that penetrated the former prime minister’s neck and one through the back that ultimately struck Abe’s heart.