White House press secretary Josh Earnest feels World War II veterans should get over the bitterness they feel about the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
On Monday, Earnest expressed that it's natural for veterans to feel "personally embittered" by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor, but in all honesty, they should "get over it."
Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit the naval station since it was attacked by Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941, which led to the deaths of more than 2,400 Americans. Abe plans to visit the United States as a response to President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima, Japan, which was where the first atomic bomb was dropped.
"If I were a World War II veteran who was drafted by the United States military to go and fight for our country overseas in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, I might feel quite embittered," Earnest stated. "And I think it would be a perfectly natural and understandable human reaction to not be particularly satisfied with the words of the Japanese Prime Minister."
However, even with his empathy towards the veterans, Earnest still feels those who feel "personal bitterness" should put those feelings on the back burner for the best interest of the United States.