President Joe Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on July 8 to offer condolences over the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"The President underscored that he and the American people stand with the Prime Minister and the people of Japan in their time of mourning," the readout states.
"The President noted the importance of Prime Minister Abe’s enduring legacy with his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and the establishment of the QUAD meetings of Japan, the United States, Australia, and India.
"The President noted our unwavering confidence in the strength of Japan’s democracy and the two leaders discussed how Shinzo Abe’s legacy will live on as we continue the important task of defending peace and democracy."
The White House also published a joint statement on July 8 from Biden, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing shock at Abe's assassination.
Trump Considering Attending FuneralFormer President Donald Trump separately told Breitbart in an exclusive interview that he has been talking to Abe's family about attending the funeral.
According to a report published July 8, when asked if he would attend Abe's funeral, Trump said, "We're going to see how it goes. We're talking to their family ... We’re going to see about that, we’re talking about that right now."
"We love the family. His wife is a phenomenal woman," the former president added. "[Abe] is so loved in Japan. I can imagine that is going to be an incredible celebration of life."
Trump shared that Abe was the first world leader that he met with after taking office as U.S. president in 2016.
"He was just very special. Every aspect of that man was just very special," Trump said. "You know, he was the first person I saw? Do you remember he came early? He came right after the election—he was the first person I saw. We had a special relationship."