The Japanese PM's wife pretended she couldn't speak English to avoid Donald Trump

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

Spencer Ackerman, a reporter for the Daily Beast, pointed out that Abe's husband, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, once addressed Congress in English-so "his wife totally knows 'hello.'" Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti came up with a theory that the first lady "pretended not to speak English for almost two hours to avoid talking to Trump".

There are several batshit moments in Wednesday's New York Times interview with President Trump, but the part where he claims Japan's first lady can not speaking English is especially curious.

The meal was "hard", the president said, because it went on for almost two hours.

"So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe [Shinzo Abe], who I think is a terrific guy, and she's a terrific woman, but doesn't speak English", Trump said, claiming it was "hard" to sit through dinner without conversation.

"So I'm sitting there".

"There was one interpreter for Japanese, 'cause otherwise it would have been even tougher", he added shortly thereafter.

Donald Trump's time with foreign dignitaries really does provide fertile ground for embarrassment, which in turn makes him even more of a laughing stock than he already is.

But Abe has given at least one speech in English in the past, at the Ford Foundation in September 2014.

Twitter users celebrated Mrs. Abe's clever dodge.

"You worked at the world's largest ad agency".

When asked for clarification, Trump said Abe didn't even say "hello", throughout the hour and 45 minutes they were seated next to one another.

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