I, along with all Americans, am deeply saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has passed away. Prime Minister Abe was a leader ahead of his time. The public recognized that, which is why he was the longest-serving prime minister in modern Japanese history. A Japanese statesman. A world leader. A friend of America. The clarity of his voice will be truly missed. The United States has lost a trusted partner and an outspoken advocate for our shared ideals.