UPDATED 6:43 AM PT – Monday, August 31, 2020
President Trump recently held talks with outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid news of his resignation.
While taking to Twitter Sunday, the president hailed Abe as “the greatest prime minister in the history of Japan.” He went on to tout the prime minister for his strong relationship with the U.S. and called it “the best it has ever been.”
Our partnership has made the Japan-U.S. relations more robust than ever before. My friendship and trust with you, Donald, means so much. I appreciate your friendship from the bottom of my heart.
— 安倍晋三 (@AbeShinzo) August 31, 2020
During their phone call, Abe reaffirmed a strengthening alliance between the two nations will continue after his departure.
“The prime minister explained his intention to resign and expressed his appreciation that under the deep trusting relationship with President Trump and the many exchanges they had has deepened bilateral cooperation,” stated Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary. “And the Japan-U.S. relationship has now become the strongest it has ever been.”
Last week, Abe announced he would be stepping down after citing health concerns.