The wife of Japan’s prime minister Akie Abe pretended not to understand English in order to avoid any conversation with President Donald Trump at a G20 Summit dinner where Trump left his seat to speak privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump said to the New York Times in an interview published Wednesday, “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.”
“So I’m sitting there. There was one interpreter for Japanese, ’cause otherwise it would have been even tougher. But I enjoyed the evening with her, and she’s really a lovely woman, and I enjoyed — the whole thing was good,” Trump told the Times.
Apparently, as journalist Sam Thielman pointed out, Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe speaks excellent English.
In the video that went viral on social media, the First Lady of Japan giving the keynote address at a R3ADY Asia-Pacific symposium on coastal resilience in New York in 2014. In the video bellow, Akie Abe reads a roughly 15-minute speech before finishing with a smile and a “Thank you very much.”