Ambassador: “Give Trump a fair go”

New US ambassador Scott Brown has asked new Zealanders to give Donald Trump a fair go.

RNZ:  NZ needs to give Trump a chance

Mr Brown is a former US Senator and served in the National Guard for 35 years, reaching the rank of Colonel. He replaces Mark Gilbert.

He was also an early supporter of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign.

He has described himself as a “social moderate but a fiscal conservative”.

“I said that this is the country I want to go and I could have had a choice of anywhere.

“[Donald Trump] trusts me, he understands that I’m very direct and he respects my opinions.

“He wanted somebody here in this important part of the world, as you know what’s happening with China and their taking rocks and turning them into islands and potentially militarising them.”

Mr Brown acknowledged some New Zealanders may not like Mr Trump’s style as American president, but he urged them to give him a fair go.

“One thing that people like about him is the fact that he is different….he’s not a politician. He ran on a platform and he’s one of the first elected officials that actually has fulfilled those promises.

Stuff:  ‘Give Trump a chance’: US ambassador’s plea to NZ (link includes video):

“Whether you like it or not he’s a man of his word and that’s one thing I’ve always respected about him. Will he get a fair go from the American people, or from the world, New Zealanders and other media outlets?

“Gosh I hope so because I think it’s critically important to give anybody who’s in a new position, a new position as the President of the US, or the Prime Minister of this country – I don’t care who, give them a chance first before you start criticising.”

New Zealand has to do what it can to get on with Brown, Trump and the US as well as possible.

There might be a few New Zealanders who would like Trump to give them and the world a fair go too.

 

28 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  June 29, 2017

    Jeepers, watching the news last night I saw the new American Ambassador going to parliament to ” present his credentials.” I bet High Chief, Billy English, was sweating on that one.

  2. Corky

     /  June 29, 2017

    Talking of a fair go, Trumpy needs to get Carson into the inner cities and have him start doing stuff. Trumpy received a solid core of black votes. He needs to show he’s not taking that support for granted. A grown black vote may be essential if he wants to run for a second term.

  3. Zedd

     /  June 29, 2017

    methinks.. he maybe ‘warming us up’ for a visit by the Fascist TURD, himself ? 😦 😀

  4. By and large I think most Kiwis are prepared to give him a fair go, with perhaps too many MSM journalists plagiarising their US counterparts and finding fault in his every step. The Ambassador has already been on record reminding his countrymen that Kiwis are by and large independent thinkers. I hope he keeps on playing his guitar!

    • Brown

       /  June 29, 2017

      I enjoyed the America Cup coverage on ZB (wife has it as the wake up radio) as it silenced that shrill lefty Smalley who whines about Trump all the time. I wish the cup races had gone on for a year, or two …..

      • Mefrostate

         /  June 29, 2017

        Question for you Brown. Just imagine that we lived in a world where Trump truly was doing an absolutely horrific job of being President.

        How would you like the media/lefties/public to discuss it? How would these conversations need to look for them to not qualify as whining? What would they need to do to get through to you?

        • Conspiratoor

           /  June 29, 2017

          I wouldn’t pretend to know what dark thoughts inhabit Brown’s mind on any given day mefro but a little mind game for you. Just imagine we lived in a world where outcomes were more important than the messenger and hiser words. Where journalists relayed the news instead of worthless opinion. And we all had the ability to filter the message and neutralise the bias. How powerful would that be? Doesn’t bear thinking about does it. Cheers,c

          • Mefrostate

             /  June 29, 2017

            “Where journalists relayed the news instead of worthless opinion.”

            Quality publications are quite good at separating op-eds from journalism.

            “And we all had the ability to filter the message and neutralise the bias.”

            I do my best to read widely and critically, while challenging information that conforms to my beliefs and genuinely considering that which conflicts.

            But all too often these days I seem to run into people who absorb everything that confirms their worldview, and write off anything that conflicts with their priors.

            “outcomes were more important than the messenger and their words”

            No idea what this means.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  June 29, 2017

              Whoosh…

            • Gezza

               /  June 29, 2017

              @ c

              Not entirely. Those not used to the validity of the concept of determining success or otherwise by measuring performance against stated objectives & predicted outcomes, like Parti, may just be seeking clarification.

            • Mefrostate

               /  June 29, 2017

              I’m literally inviting you to explain, for the sake of a good discussion, and you go with “woosh”.

  5. artcroft

     /  June 29, 2017

    As long as he get’s that wall built, delivers huge tax cuts to the rich while introducing a “terrific” health care plan that insures everybody for much less; blocks muslim entry into the US, puts a special investigator on to Hilary; then he’ll have kept his word and be a great president.

    Chances of any of this happening: 1 – 1000,000,000 against.

  6. lurcher1948

     /  June 29, 2017

    Why???? does trump need some troops to invade North Korea

    • Gezza

       /  June 29, 2017

      Repeatedly & enthusiastically clicking on the link for your post immediately before this one in the Recent Comments list produces no immediate system re-direction to the comment.

      How bad was it Lurchy?

  7. lurcher1948

     /  June 29, 2017

    Why is AIR New Zealand on your really must check the passengers list and suspect airline list.HEY LACKEY, lots of NewZealanders have died in all your FEEBLE lossingWARS

    • Er – let me think? Easy enough for any self respecting plane blower upperer to arrive on an Air NZ plane? Trump has seen our hakas, our rugby and judged us aggressive?

      What part of “2017 Islamist terrorism is not engage tanks and hunker down in the trenches warfare” don’t you understand lurcher?

  8. Zedd

     /  June 29, 2017

    I hear that mr Ts ‘popularity level’ has dropped to about 35% in USA.
    The a couple of things that has risen;
    1) the number of protests.. ‘DUMP TRUMP’ was one sign that many were carrying. 😀
    2) the number of foreign diplomats staying in ‘Trump-brand’ hotels & Iwanka-brand (made in china) ‘ladys products’ being sold to their wives !

    *methinks he may make it to the end of his 1st (&only) term.. but I wouldn’t hold your breath folks

    • Corky

       /  June 29, 2017

      You may be right….but watch what happens with the new president. Meanwhile Trump has a long way to go..barring impeachment, or assassination at the hands of a liberal snowflake.

      • Gezza

         /  June 29, 2017

        The snowflakes are armed only with protest signs & megaphones.

        Mentally unstable SJW’s with easily-obtained firearms – thanks to Trump’s “saving the Second Amendment” – are the ones you might want to worry about?

  9. lurcher1948

     /  June 29, 2017

    Having watched the president of China arrive in Hong Kong, the potus could learn a lesson on how to respect your wife, the Chinese premier and wife held hands and walked down together.the potus would have been 4 steps in front of his wife shouting ME ME