Washington, May 29: Dold Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Saturday criticised US President Barack Obama for visiting Hiroshima while neglecting to mention the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. “Does Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbour while he’s in Japan? Thousands of American lives lost,” Trump said on his Twitter. Obama on Friday became the first incumbent US president to visit Hiroshima since America dropped an atomic bomb on the city in 1945, forcing Japan to end the World War Two (WWII). Japan surrendered within seven days of the atomic bombings on the city of Hiroshima gasaki on August 6 and August 9 respectively.
However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had no specific plans to visit Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, which was attacked by the Japanese military on December 7, 1941, killing more than 2,400 people and leading to Washington’s entry into WWII.
As many observers and US media have pointed out, with the end of Obama’s last term in office approaching in January 2017, he hopes to cement his legacy as an advocate of nuclear disarmament by claiming the title of the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima.
On the Japanese side, Tokyo wanted to take Obama to Hiroshima, not because it wants an apology or calls for a nuclear-free world. (IANS)