Jacinda Ardern says the repurchase of weapons by New Zealand after the massacre in Christchurch aroused Donald Trump & # 39; s interest during the couple's first formal meeting
- Jacinda Ardern said she was interested in gun buybacks from Donald Trump
- The pair of leaders spoke for 20 minutes in New York during their first formal meeting
- Mrs. Ardern said she discussed New Zealand's response to the Christchurch attack
- Leaders have also talked about climate change – despite different views and policies
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told journalists that she & # 39; was interested & # 39; by American President Donald Trump for the repurchase of weapons during their meeting in New York.
The pair of leaders held their first formal meeting on Tuesday (AEST), alongside the UN climate summit.
Mrs Ardern did not leave the 25-minute meeting with new announcements or agreements.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told journalists that she & # 39; interest & # 39; of US President Donald Trump felt in the buy-back of weapons during their meeting in New York
The prime minister said that a discussion about the terrorist attack in the Christchurch mosque led to New Zealand's response to the tragedy.
& # 39; It was a conversation about our repurchase and of course the work we had done to remove military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, so we had a conversation about what happened in New Zealand and how it worked & # 39; she said.
In the aftermath of the attack, Ms. Ardern has led an international coalition to eliminate extremist content on the internet, called the & # 39; Christchurch Call & # 39 ;.
The United States is not a signatory and points to freedom of expression in the country's constitution.
The United States has a horrific record in arms security, with more massive shootings than anywhere else in the world, including schools.
While other countries that have faced mass shootings – such as Australia and New Zealand – have implemented more restrictive arms possession regimes, US politicians are stuck in preventing the killings.
A diplomatic & # 39; readout & # 39; of the meeting in the United States said the president's & # 39; steadfast support & # 39; of the country for New Zealand after the attack
A diplomatic & # 39; readout & # 39; of the meeting in the United States said the president's & # 39; steadfast support & # 39; of the country for New Zealand after the attack.
The readout, issued by the White House press service, said the leaders also discussed defense and security and trade.
Reports from traveling New Zealand journalists said the pair also touched on climate change – despite vastly different views and policies in the area.
Ardern said that US President & # 39; New Zealanders are highly valued & # 39 ;, with the possibility of new trade negotiations.
& # 39; I think the knowledge the President already has about New Zealand, the warmth and high appreciation in which he clearly has New Zealanders and the place, was really clear and that is a good starting point for every conversation, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The idea of continuing a conversation about New Zealand's trade relationship with the United States was warmly welcomed and I expect that there will be a number of ongoing conversations. & # 39;
Although Mr Trump marked a potential visit to Australia at the end of 2019, a presidential visit to New Zealand is unlikely until Auckland organizes the APEC Summit in 2021.
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