English talks with Trump

US President Donald Trump and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English talked by phone today.

NZ Herald: Prime Minister Bill English speaks with US President Donald Trump

The White House said the aim of the calls are to “promote an America First foreign policy.”

English is about the 15th leader Trump has spoken to since his inauguration.

The New Zealand Prime Minister has given more detail on his phone call with the US President Donald Trump, describing Trump as “warm, civil and very thoughtful” during a call which ranged from immigration bans to the Super Bowl.

He said the call…was “a warm and friendly conversation.”

“He has a more casual attitude to diplomatic relationships than is usual, but he conveyed his enthusiasm for meeting at some stage in the White House … ‘well, if you’re passing by’.”

Despite the warm offer, English said he was unlikely to get there before the September election. “I’d imagine it will take some time for the new administration to bed in, and then we’ve got the election campaign. I wouldn’t anticipate getting there this side of the election.”

He said Trump appeared to be positive about the relationship with New Zealand. “He thinks it’s a fantastic place. He likes the idea we are a long way away so therefore we aren’t under the same pressures as everybody else.”

So no dramas here.


  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 6, 2017

    Trump must have been fed tranquillisers. Or maybe he doesn’t see us as a threat. Please let him not decide to come here. There’s been a bit of digging nearby, so I can lay my hands on some half bricks.

    Readout ??? Ouch, ouch.What happened to printout ?

    • Gezza

       /  February 6, 2017

      The same thing that happened when a mention or an acknowledgement became a shout-out.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 6, 2017

    Can’t wait to see what the MSM can find to turn it into something negative. There must be something on social media …

    • PDB

       /  February 6, 2017

      Surely he should be crucified for not mentioning climate change, grabbing pussies, losing the popular vote and not insisting Trump be kicked out of office?

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 6, 2017

    I bet that BE was doing eyerolls and that yak yak yak gesture-and I’d like to know what he told Mrs E about the phonecall behind closed doors, when he didn’t have to be diplomatic.

    • David

       /  February 6, 2017

      I can see it now;

      Bill: “I talked to President Trump today”
      Wife “That’s nice dear, can you put the garbage out.”


      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 6, 2017

        More like
        BE ‘Thank Heaven that’s over-what a cracking bore the man is. Goes on and on. never lets anyone else get a word in; he’s very fond of the sound of his own voice. And I had to be polite to the sod.’

        Wife; ‘It could be worse, he could be here on a visit.’

        BE ‘Don’t even THINK about it. Andrew Little can entertain him if that should happen, see how he likes it.’

  4. lurcher1948

     /  February 6, 2017

    Bill must have said”yes sir” a lot for it to be a great phone call,seems to me to be the sort of person to grovel to trumpy

    • Gezza

       /  February 6, 2017

      Seems to me to possibly be the sort of person who would not. But who would be pleasant & polite in the absence of any good reason not to be.

  5. Conspiratoor

     /  February 6, 2017

    ‘well, if you’re passing by’. Sounds like Donald’s wetting his pants with enthusiasm.
    Says it all really

    • PDB

       /  February 6, 2017

      Bob Charles being brought up in a 15 minute discussion says it all really……

  6. duperez

     /  February 6, 2017

    No dramas, Bill’s too sensible for that. When DT asked about playing golf with him and said he’d forward his filled in scorecard to Bill before the event the simple “Okay” was the right response.⛳️😊

  7. Gezza

     /  February 6, 2017

    The four tweets in reply to the White House Press Pug’s Office so far ….

    Waitangi Day, 6 Feb 2016, 2155 hours