By: Steve Dellar | 11-20-2017 | News
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NZ Prime Minister Apologizes For Sharing Fake Trump Story

The newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister, Ms Jacinda Ardern, is still in what is referred to in political circles as “her honeymoon period.” These are usually the first 100 days when politicians can do no wrong in the eyes of voters.

Just last week, she was invited to attend the Apec Summit in Vietnam to represent the New Zealand government, an event at which she met President Trump, the US President who had said about her that "this lady caused a lot of upset in her country".

After the event, Ms Ardern returned home and probably still unknowingly of her new role as the Prime Minister of a country, shared an anecdote with a friend during a dinner.

That last bit now got her in a spot of trouble as she quickly noticed that recounting any conversation she has with the President of the US, will get shared immediately.

Mr Tom Sainsbury, the friend of Ms Ardern's in question, told a local radio station the day afterward: "I don't know if I should be saying this, but she said that Donald Trump was confused for a good amount of time thinking that she was Justin Trudeau's wife."

The interview of Mr Sainsbury was then picked up by the New Zealand press who rolled headlines both in Australia and New Zealand state that Mr Trump had not known who Ms Ardern was.

Ms Ardern backtracked afterward, stating: "Someone observed that they thought that it happened, but in all my interactions, certainly President Trump didn't seem to have confused me when I interacted with him. But someone else observed this."

She clarified that the version she had given to Mr Sainsbury was "a shortened version" of events and that she believed she had made clear to him it was an observer's impression of what happened.

"Tom's a mate of mine. I shared a story with him. He shared it with someone else, I can see how that then spirals … it is a trifling matter. It was "a bit of a funny yarn, something that I don't want to cause a diplomatic incident over", before admitting: I think I should never have recounted the story."


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Anonymous No. 12340 2017-11-20 : 16:38

Well, she's had her 15 minutes of fame thanks to Trump.

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