Talk about awkward.
U.S. President Donald Trump spent almost two hours at dinner next to Akie Abe, wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe — and neither said a word to each other because she "doesn't speak English."
"Like, not 'hello,'" Trump told The New York Times.
Except Abe does speak English. In a YouTube video posted in 2014, Abe delivered a keynote speech at the Ford Foundation in New York City. In English.
Naturally, Twitter is having a field day with speculation that Abe pretended she couldn't speak English so she wouldn't have to communicate with Trump.
Given her husband's 19-second long handshake with Trump back in February, Abe's reluctance may not be all that surprising.