During a recent — and divisive — interview with The New York Times published on Wednesday, President Donald Trump alluded to the first lady of Japan, Akie Abe, not being able to speak English.
Trump said in the interview that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife was seated next to him at a G-20 event. The president then said that she was “a terrific woman, but doesn't speak English.”
His interviewer, NYT White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman, pressed him on the matter. “Like, nothing, right? Like zero?” she asked.
“Like, not 'hello,'” President Trump responded.
The only issue with this statement is that Akie Abe has been recorded while speaking English. In 2014, Mrs. Abe gave the keynote speech at a Ford Foundation event — she delivered the entire speech in English.