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Life Imitates ‘Veep': Did Japan’s First Lady Pretend She Can’t Speak English to Avoid Talking to Trump?

Japanese first lady Akie Abe may have found a clever way to avoid awkward chit-chat

Usually, “Veep” imitates real-life politics, not the other way around. But Japanese first lady Akie Abe may have pretended not to speak English to avoid conversing with President Trump — just as a character on the HBO show faked an inability to speak English to avoid ex-President Selina Meyer.

On Wednesday, Trump recounted his early-July run-in with the wife of Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to the New York Times. Trump was seated next to her at a dinner following a political conference in Germany. Trump told the Times that when he tried to speak to her, he found that she couldn’t speak English. “Like, not [even] ‘hello,'” he said.

As Newsweek points out, it’s likely that First Lady Abe actually can speak English. Three years ago, she delivered the keynote address at a R3ADY Asia-Pacific symposium…in English. Newsweek also says that New York Times’ Tokyo bureau chief, Motoko Rich, tweeted Wednesday that Trump’s claim that the Japanese First Lady didn’t know English was “a false note.”

On the latest season of “Veep,” the president of China either can or can’t speak English, depending on whether he wants to interact with Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

Intentionally or not, Abe became Twitter’s heroine of the day.