United States President, Donald Trump has reacted to the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister, describing him on Friday as a great friend and expressed concern over his decision to step down for health reasons.
“I want to pay my highest respect to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe … a great friend of mine,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One. “I just feel very badly about it.”
Speaking further, Donald Trump said Abe loved his country very much and said he planned to call him.
On Friday, Shinzo Abe informed the world that he was resigning because of poor health, his long-running battle with ulcerative colitis ending a tenure as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
Kyodo news agency, which cited unnamed government sources, said Shinzo Abe’s team is arranging the call for Monday Japan time, with the prime minister informing the president directly about his resignation.
Abe, the first foreign leader to meet with Trump as president-elect, forged close ties with him, playing golf and engaging in frequent phone calls and meetings.