(FreedomBeacon.com)- U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will be attending the funeral of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was killed by a makeshift weapon in July during a campaign rally, according to Reuters.
“Her visit will honor the legacy of Prime Minister Abe and underscore the importance of his leadership in championing the alliance between the United States and Japan and advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Kirsten Allen, Harris’ press secretary said.
Abe was reportedly modern Japan’s longest serving leader. His death came as a shock to many as Japan has strict gun control. The shooter, who spent three years in Japan’s naval force, created the weapon which looked like a sawn-off double barrel shotgun.
The trip to Japan comes after other trips taken by the vice president to Asian countries. In August 2021, she visited both Singapore and Vietnam to support economic and security ties between the U.S. The trips came as a result of the White House’s new strategy to more effectively compete with a rising China and pivot away from the war in Afghanistan.
Harris tried to give the United States credibility in the region by saying that she welcomes competition and does not seek conflict with Beijing but will continue to speak out about maritime concerns in the South China Sea.
Despite visiting Asia, Harris has still not visited the southern border where immigration continues to remain unsecured, unfettered, and dangerous. She was initially in charge of visiting South America to discover the “root causes” of immigration, but has failed to visit the border.
Recently, during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Harris was told that 2 million illegal immigrants have crossed the border.
“We’re going to have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border is secure?” he asked Harris.
“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration but there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix,” Harris rambled. “Given the deterioration that happened over the last four years,” she added referring to the previous administration.