Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “praised” Donald Trump today in a manner designed to grab headlines and mock Trump at the G20 summit taking place in Argentina. Abe offered praise for Trump that was over the top and clearly sarcasm, in a likely attempt to get back at Trump for something similar Trump did a few weeks ago, as we shall explore.
The first thing Abe said to Trump upon them meeting was, “I would like to congratulate you on your historic victory in the midterm elections in the United States.” Abe says this to Trump at around 3 minutes and 15 seconds into the footage below. This is clear sarcasm because no one considers this year’s midterms a victory for Trump, except for Trump.
— blanche bullscheitt (@bullscheitt) November 30, 2018
These midterms were a disaster for Trump and spell doom for the GOP in 2020. The GOP may have won states like Texas, but new demographics discovered during the elections indicate that states like Texas are now swing states. Beto O’Rourke would probably beat Cruz if the election was held again in 2020 and the midterms showed this is happening all across the country. The GOP is dying.
This mocking of Trump by Abe is probably related to Trump also sarcastically mocking Abe about 3 weeks ago during the same infamous press conference that the White House tried and failed to use to get Jim Acosta permanently banned. During that conference, Trump mocked Abe sarcastically by saying he must be “happy” about the import tariffs Trump implemented on Japanese cars, as seen in the footage below.
Reporter: Mr. President?
Trump: Where are you from?
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018