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Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Friday mourning the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe was murdered Thursday while giving a speech on a street in Nara, western Japan, hospital officials confirmed hours later.

Trump released the statement via his proprietary Truth Social platform, in which he praised the late Japanese political arch conservative.

“Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD! Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dead. He was assassinated. His killer was captured and hopefully he will be dealt with quickly and harshly,” Trump wrote.

FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE MURDERED DURING THE SPEECH OF THE CAMPAIGN, OFFICIALS OF THE HOSPITAL CONFIRM

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo after a conversation with Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared his praise for Trump’s diplomatic achievements.
(AP, file)

Abe was taken from the shooting scene unconscious and in cardiac arrest with no vital signs, Japanese media reported Kyodo News and NHK.

“Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach him and he will be kind,” Trump complained. “He was a unifier like no other, but above all he was a man who loved and loved his magnificent country, Japan. We will miss Shinzo Abe very much. There will never be another like him!”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with United States President Donald Trump during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 10, 2017.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with United States President Donald Trump during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 10, 2017.
(REUTERS / Jim Bourg)

It was a male suspect arrested on the spot and an apparent homemade gun was confiscated. He was identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, Nara Prefecture police confirmed.

Yamagami was confronted by security after the shooting.

Trump and Abe were famous in both Japan and the United States for their friendship.

FILE - President Donald Trump participates in the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Tokyo.  First lady Melania Trump is top right.  (Photo AP / Evan Vucci)

FILE – President Donald Trump participates in the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Tokyo. First lady Melania Trump is top right. (Photo AP / Evan Vucci)

The couple were often photographed playing golf and having dinner together, and both leaders regularly stressed the importance of US-Japan cooperation in their speeches.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the attack “cowardly and barbaric” and that campaign crime, which is the basis of democracy, is absolutely unforgivable.

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After his death was confirmedthe tributes began to rain for Abe.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “His global leadership in uncharted times will be remembered by many. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the Japanese people.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Abe one of his “closest friends”.

“He was an impressive global statesman, an outstanding leader and an extraordinary administrator. He dedicated his life to making Japan and the world a better place.”

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