Did the Japanese Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe pretend not to speak English to avoid Trump?

As part of his long, confused, rambling interview with the NYT’s Maggie Haberman yesterday, Donald Trump talked about how uncomfortable he was sitting next to Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, because she doesn’t speak a word of English. Not even “hello.”

The thing is, she does.

First, here’s Trump to Haberman:

(Of course, Mrs. Abe probably said the same thing about Trump’s notoriously incomprehensible English.)

Now, here’s Abe giving a speech in English a few years back:

Now, she’s clearly reading the speech. But if she didn’t speak a lick of English, this would be nearly impossible to do, and it’s doubtful she’d accept a speaking gig in America at the Ford Foundation in English!

There are two obvious options here: First, Trump is lying. Second, Abe pretended not to speak English so she wouldn’t have to talk to Trump.

Here’s to hoping it’s the latter.

PS Who can forget Trump’s disastrous never-ending handshake with Prime Minister Abe, and the eyeroll Abe gave afterwards:

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  • Teddy Flyfisher Davis

    And trump is to stupid to realize he’s been snubbed…LOL

  • Demosthenes

    Great story. I did a Greek imitation once near Syntagma Square in Athenawhen some confused Americans came up and asked for directions. After listening to them and looking confused, I cleared my throat and said, in Chicago accented English. “Yeah, I know some English”.

    They got angry and stomped away.

  • Zorba

    Hahaha! I actually did that once, not at a party but at some big, boring fund-raising event and I basically spoke Greek and shrugged and smiled and nodded a lot. Everyone there was (or sure seemed to be) very snooty rich people, and I don’t even know why Mr. Zorba and I had been asked to attend. Probably because he’s a scientist, and this was some kind of event to raise money for cancer research.
    I didn’t want to go but he insisted that it was important that I accompany him. So
    I pulled the Greek thing, we left as soon as was polite, and he didn’t say anything about it, even later.

  • Jimmy

    Poor baby, someone did pay attention to his massive ego.

  • Kenster999
  • Demosthenes

    Is it just me or do most of us fantacize we could use this device as a way to avoid talking to someone unpleasant at a party?

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