Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo, was seated next to the controversial POTUS at a dinner on July 8, which marked the end of the two-day summit in Hamburg, Germany, reports the Mirror.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump explained that he was not able to converse with Mrs. Abe because she doesn’t understand English.
“So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe, who I think is a terrific guy, and she’s a terrific woman, but doesn’t speak English,“ Trump was quoted as saying.
Trump further lamented that the evening had been “hard“ because the meal went on for “probably an hour and 45 minutes.“
Narrating the awkwardness of the whole situation, he said: “So I’m sitting there. There was one interpreter for Japanese, ’cause otherwise, it would have been even tougher. But I enjoyed the evening with her, and she’s really a lovely woman, and I enjoyed — the whole thing was good.“
Trump would later switch seats to be able to sit next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.