“I remember Pearl Harbor,” Trump said, referring to the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the United States entering World War II.
He later added: “I’m on to the Japanese.”
Trump was born on June 14, 1946, four and a half years later (and 9 months after the formal end of the war).
A spokesperson for Abe denied the report.
“While I refrain from commenting on each and every media report, in any case, this isn’t true,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Wednesday, per Bloomberg.
On Twitter, the reported comments became fodder for jokes, including cracks with references to other famous pearls, from Minnie Pearl to Pearl Jam: