World Reacts To Shinzo Abe Assassination, Joe Biden’s Statement Is AWOL

As we reported, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, was shot in the back during a campaign speech in Nara, Japan ahead of the upcoming upper house elections. He was later pronounced dead in hospital. The shooter did not flee and was captured on the spot. He has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a local man in his 40s, who appears to have assassinated the former prime minister with what appears to be a homemade weapon.

The shooting took place around 11:30 a.m. local time in Nara, 10:30 p.m. East Coast in Washington, D.C.

As we noted, the reaction around the world was shocked at the cowardly attack on Abe, who was such an important world leader for so many years.

Many world leaders have weighed in. Among the former was former President Donald Trump, who acknowledged what a true friend Abe was to America.

“Absolutely devastating news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a truly great man and leader, has been shot and is in very serious condition,” Trump said on Truth Social.

“He was a true friend of mine and, more importantly, America. This is a blow to the wonderful people of Japan, who loved and admired him so much. We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!

Abe was one of the first world leaders to recognize Trump after his election.

Mike Pence called Abe a “remarkable leader” and “steadfast ally”.

Leaders from around the world, from Poland to India, expressed their support for Japan and Abe’s family and spoke of Abe’s importance. Even Boris Johnson – who has just announced he will step down – has given enough thought to weigh in and send his support.

Even Vladimir Putin released a statement, calling Abe a “exceptional statesman” and his death a “irreparable loss”

US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel made a statement.

However, it took nearly eight hours after the shooting to get any response from the White House. Finally, we received a comment from an anonymous spokesperson.

It’s embarrassing and shameful, especially given the gravity of the event, Abe’s importance on the world stage, and the important ally he and Japan have been for the United States. They are one of our best allies on the world stage. We should stand with Japan and convey our support from above. But hours later, after 8 a.m. in Washington, DC now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris still hadn’t weighed in – missing in action for the 10:30 a.m. call.

I expect they will eventually, but it’s so wrong and it sends a very bad message to Japan and the world.

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