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Trump Busted Delivering "Fake News" - Remarks About Japan's First Lady Draw Scrutiny

If you’re going to walk around constantly banging the drum about the proliferation of ‘fake news,’ you can be sure that news purveyors will be parsing through each and every one of your participles to look for errors. That’s the situation that President Donald Trump finds himself in, as news organizations stand at the ready to pounce on any perceived falsehoods the commander-in-chief may peddle.

As the Daily Mail shares, it looks like Trump may have done just that with some comments he recently dropped about Japan’s First Lady, Akie Abe. During a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Trump made reference to the fact that he was seated next to Abe and her husband, Prime Minister Abe, during a dinner at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Trump was quoted as saying that he was sitting “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.”

The Times reporter pressed for confirmation.

“Like, nothing, right?” the reporter queried. “Like zero?”

“Like, not 'hello.’" Trump replied.

Those comments from Trump led inquiring minds to do some digging. You guessed it, footage has emerged of Abe delivering some remarks in English. She delivered the remarks about three years back at the High-Level Symposium on Coastal Resilience. The symposium centered around the effects that natural disasters have on coastal areas, and Abe spoke from personal experience about the devastating 2011 tsunami that rocked Japan.

“That fateful day, the big earthquake that hit the northeastern part of Japan caused a huge tsunami, and many lives were lost as a result. As of August 8 this year, the death toll amounted to 15,889, including the two Americans who were English teachers at local primary schools. The number of those still unaccounted for is 2,609,” she said. "It was a sad and painful experience, nothing touched and warmed our hearts more than the help extended from those of you in the states, and from across the world.”

So what gives? While it can be noted that she was clearly speaking quite carefully from prepared remarks, it’s not like she has never been exposed to the English language. Was she blowing the president off by pretending not to understand him? Was Trump making an assumption based on information he was provided beforehand? Questions abound, but it’s nonetheless a bad look for Trump.

The topic of Abe came up as Trump was trying to explain that reports of a ‘secretive’ meeting between himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin were ridiculous. The pair of world leaders chatted during the dinner, and that information was relayed as a ‘bombshell’ story about some kind of super-secret meeting - despite the fact that it occurred in a room full of people.

“We sat at this really long table, which held, has to be at least 60, 65 people with room,” Trump explained. “O.K., it’s a very big table, big room. But there was nothing secretive about it.”

POTUS is on the money about the ridiculous reports about a ‘secret meeting,’ but he does himself no favors when he doesn’t have all of his ducks in a row while explaining himself. That leads to additional questions about his credibility, and there’s more than enough of them swirling around at the moment.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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