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The prospect of pigs flying, unicorns and blue moons

18/09/2019

Newstalk ZB headline in tweet

Really, I thought to myself.

But Charles Finny when talking to HDPA

Trade expert Charles Finny to Heather du Plessis-Allan it’s very hard to say our exports are a threat to US national security, which is what’s being used as an excuse for these tariffs.

“So I think the Prime Minister’s got a strong case to make to President Trump to take another look at those tariffs and hopefully take them off.”

He could, but will he? Especially as he likes to appear strong on trade and he likes to dominate women. In addition, Trump has repeatedly used the law in ways that were never envisioned when they were passed.

Then there was this in the item as well

Speaking to reporters, she played down her role in a women’s rights march she took part in the day Trump was inaugurated as President.

Billed as an anti-Trump march outside the American consulate in Auckland in January 2017, Ardern says that’s not the way she saw it.

“At the time I characterised that from my perspective of continuing to focus on the gains that have been made and never been complacent, so I never characterised it in that way.”

That is what she says now, however, I would suggest others might see it differently

She was being squidgy again – see On being economical with the truth – The difference between lying and misleading

Since politicians can’t lie, and since it is often inexpedient for them to tell the truth, they have become adept at positioning their remarks in the squidgy marshland between lies and truth. It’s a phenomenon of modern democratic politics, and now completely routine, but it’s not entirely new.

Seem familiar –

But wait there is more

In January, Ardern spoke at an anti-Trump rally in Auckland where she denounced Trump’s sexist remarks and the threat to birth control rights. This is despite the fact that Little has committed Labour to work with Trump if elected

Ardern offered a full account of her meeting with Trump at the East Asian Summit to New Zealand’s Newsroom:

I was waiting to walk out to be introduced at the East Asia Summit gala dinner, where we all paraded and while we were waiting, Trump in jest patted the person next to him on the shoulder, pointed at me and said, ‘This lady caused a lot of upset in her country,’ talking about the election.

I said, ‘Well, you know, only maybe 40 per cent,’ then he said it again and I said, ‘You know,’ laughing, ‘no one marched when I was elected.’

In addition on Stephen Colbert’s show last year, she said – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Explains Why The UN Laughed At Trump :-

She was squidgy again. Her comment on observation was equivalent to Clinton’s “I did not inhale’.

In addition Ardern was reported internationally, on a major Indian news site after responding to Trump’s attacks on ‘The Squad’

Ardern, the charismatic young leader who has been hailed as “the anti-Trump” by US media, said she proudly celebrated her country’s diversity.

“Usually I don’t get into other people’s politics, but it will be clear to most people that I completely and utterly disagree with him,” Ardern told Radio New Zealand.

Trump on Sunday urged a group of four Democratic congresswomen of colour — three of them US-born — to “go back” to the countries they came from, then renewed his attack on them a day later.

“If you’re not happy here, you can leave… This is about love for America, certain people hate our country,” he tweeted.

Ardern said New Zealanders welcomed diversity in the corridors of power.

“We take the view that our parliament should be a representative place, it should look and feel like New Zealand, it should have a range of different cultures and ethnicities,” she said.

So Ardern who has been oft quoted as making negative remarks about Trump, plus being hailed in the media for example The New York Times as the ‘anti-Trump’ and the subject of a fawning WaPo interview only the other day, is now being touted in NZ media as able to pull off a trade coup with Trump.

Trump who is notoriously thin skinned and hyper sensitive to any affronts whether real or just perceived.

Even if she was successful, that might well be more due to Chris Liddell, Trump’s NZ born Deputy Chief of Staff.

Yes it would be a success, but I am pessimistic and success seems to be on a par with flying pigs, frolicking unicorns and blue moons. Furthermore as Trump’s world view is transactional just what would he demand in return, so he could tout this as a win for him!

 

 

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