Donald Trump has a real problem with women, especially strong women. He says he hits back 10 times harder, but this new woman on the scene gave him a knockout blow.
Trump traveled to Asia for 12 days and ended up at the East Asia Summit gala dinner, where he met New Zealand’s recently elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. It was her first major international trip.
The two had talked by phone for about five minutes after she won in a surprise upset against her opponent.
Ms. Ardern told The Telegraph she met Donald Trump at the East Asia Summit gala dinner, when Donald Trump patted the person next to him on the shoulder and said:
‘This lady caused a lot of upset in her country.’
The prime minister just smile and told him, according to the Telegraph:
‘Well, you know, only maybe 40 per cent!’
Trump repeated his insult, but Ardern did not let him off of the hook, as so many do. She shot back:
‘You know, no one marched when I was elected. He laughed and it was only afterwards that I reflect that it could have been taken in a very particular way – he did not seem offended.’
New Zealand’s prime minister was referring to the Women’s March that occurred the day after Trump’s inauguration. It was with largest march in U.S. history.
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During their phone conversation, Trump had “genuinely been interested” in the prime minister’s election, she commented. The U.S. media had covered her election.
Earlier in November, Ardern said that the president was “consistent.”
The Prime Minister said:
‘He is the same person that you see behind the scenes as he is in the public or through the media.’
When asked whether that was a good thing, she replied:
‘I think being consistent – there is something in that.’
The trip gave her a chance to articulate her vision for the world. She told The Newsroom:
‘I’ve always known that to be true, but to see it enforced in these forums…is a real testament to the work that’s been done before, and the work all year round that our representatives do.’
Ardern spoke out about nuclear non-proliferation, according to the Newsroom:
‘We have been strong advocates on issues like nuclear non-proliferation and that is as relevant now as it’s ever been, particularly when it comes to the Korean peninsula, and so playing a role in being consistent advocates, particularly from a position of always taking a really principled stance I think is important.’
Ardern was very concerned about climate change:
‘I wasn’t the only one [talking about climate change], but there weren’t many of us, and I do think it’s an issue that needs consistent advocacy because in some of those forums there’s an absence of the groups that are directly affected, but the overall Asia-Pacific will feel its impact hugely and yet have some of the most deprived populations in the world as well.’
She noted that the U.S. took a step back from the “geopolitical climate” and China “filled the void.”
‘I think it’s in our interest for us to have an engaged China and an engaged United States in our region, that’s in our interests. Now they may choose to do that through different architecture, but as long as it’s open and transparent, then that’s going to always be our guiding principles.’
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