President Donald Trump made another controversial statement while on his Asia trip, this time in Japan.
During a meeting with Japanese President Shinzo Abe, Mr. Trump made a casual reference to the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima during World War II.
“Japan is a warrior nation,” Mr. Trump said to Mr. Shinzo, “So it has always kind of puzzled me why the samurais couldn’t take down the nukes we launched at you guys. We only fired two of them. Big oversight on our part, if you ask me. In fact, I’m surprised America won that war at all. We didn’t have any samurais or ninjas. In fact, I’m going to add money in the budget for our military to train some samurais. But ours will be able to cut down nukes with their swords, that I can promise you.”
The Japanese President laughed politely, and Mr. Trump then appeared to forget his thought as a bowl of Japanese mochi ice cream was brought out and placed at the Japanese government’s hosted ceremonial dinner.