On Tuesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she has plans to meet with the United States President Donald Trump in New York, which would be the first formal bilateral talks between the top leaders.
39-year-old Jacinda Ardern is often contrasted with President Trump for her views on issues including climate change, women’s rights, and diversity.
PM Ardern has joined a march championing women’s rights after Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, before she was elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has publicly denied his views on the threats of white nationalism has said that she “completely and utterly disagreed” with his remarks claiming four minority women lawmakers to go back to where they came from.
Asked by sources in Wellington about her personal relationship with President Trump, the New Zealand Prime Minister has said that it was “absolutely fine”.
She continued, “My job is to represent New Zealand and our interest. Having good relationships is important.”
“It will mean from time to time we take different perspectives but it should never get in the way of us having a good dialogue on the things that matter, including issues of trade,” added PM Ardern.
New Zealand was a strong supporter of the 12-nation TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), from which President Trump has withdrawn the United States in 2017. An updated trade deal without American was formed last year.
PM Ardern and President Trump have informally met before and have spoken over the phone but the meeting was scheduled for sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York would be the first formal bilateral sit-down.
Jacinda Ardern has shot to prominence after unforeseen victory in the 2017 New Zealand Election and has been globally feted as part of a new wave of progressive, young leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.
PM Ardern’s pregnancy, maternity leave, and the birth of her child while in the office also set her apart, with many leaders considering it as symbolizing progress for women in leadership roles.
She continued that she was never characterized in 2017 Rally, in which she participated as an Anti-Trump Rally in Auckland, and joined to continue focusing on the achievements women have made.
Often speaking out on multilateralism, climate change, and inclusiveness, PM Arden will deliver a keynote speech at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit.
She further disagreed with Donald Trump’s view that white nationalism is not a growing issue, after a suspected white supremacist took lives of 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch.
When enquired by President Trump what support he could offer following the attack, PM Ardern has said that “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.”