Trump insults Japan by asking why samurais can’t shoot down North Korean missiles (Details)

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According to diplomatic sources, Donald Trump has asked Japan why they couldn’t shoot down North Korean missiles. This bizarre remark comes before Trump arrived in Japan on Sunday.

Trump apparently kept asking the leaders of Southeast Asian countries on the phone and in meetings why Japan, a country of samurai warriors, couldn’t just shoot down the missiles before they hit.

North Korea has launched ballistic missiles in both August and September over Japan that landed in the Pacific Ocean.

The Self-Defense Forces stated they didn’t intercept the missiles because when they monitored the rockets, they wouldn’t land on their territory.

They cite the altitude and speed of the missiles would have made it extremely hard to destroy them. If they failed to do so, it would have been an embarrassment for Japan.

They also worried that if they did shoot down the missile, there could have been serious ramifications, such as a military response from North Korea.

The Asia trip that Trump is currently on is supposed to be a distraction from the Russia investigation. Even though this trip is a distraction, Trump made a surprise announcement that he plans to meet with Putin during this trip.

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During his flight to Japan, he told reporters, “I think it’s expected we’ll meet with Putin, yeah. We want Putin’s help on North Korea, and we’ll be meeting with a lot of different leaders.”

Trump’s trip to Japan comes as Japan’s support for the U.S. has dropped to the lowest level in nine years.

According to a Pew poll, only 24 percent of Japanese have a confidence in Trump’s handling of world affairs. Also, only 57 percent have a favorable view of the U.S. This is a 15 point drop from last year. Compared to during Obama’s last year in office, 78 percent of Japanese said they were confident in how Obama handled world affairs.

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