Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, November 13th, 2017 - 67 comments
Categories: australian politics, Donald Trump, International, jacinda ardern, us politics - Tags: malcolm turnbull, Nauru, north korea
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Good to see the PM standing up to Donald Trump’s idiocy.
As part of his ongoing display of the most juvenile behaviour ever shown by a US president he has recently posted this tweet:
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
Ardern’s response was direct.
From Radio New Zealand:
On North Korea, Ms Ardern has echoed previous New Zealand leaders in emphasising the need for dialogue.
“Our position on North Korea remains absolutely the same.
“It does not change depending on what tweets are issued on any given day,” Ms Ardern said, referring to the latest jibes traded by US President Donald Trump and North Korea.
“It’s an important matter of regional security that we continue to use dialogue and pursue a de-escalation of the situation.”
And she is upping her language for Malcolm Turnbull and the festering sore that is Manus Island.
From the Australian:
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australia’s handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue.
Ms Ardern has continued to push New Zealand’s offer to accept 150 refugees and asylum seekers from Australia’s offshore detention centres since her first face- to-face meeting with her Australian counterpart in Sydney a week ago. She wants a more substantive conversation when both leaders reach the Philippines for the East Asia Summit this week.
“We made the offer because we saw a great need. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done,” she said on Sunday.
“I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. I think it’s clear that we don’t see what’s happening there as acceptable, that’s why the offer’s there.”
It’s her strongest statement to date against the unfolding situation.
It is great to have a New Zealand leader saying it like it is.